(CNN) - Barack Obama and John McCain are statistically tied in New Hampshire, the state known for its perennial political role that is again expected to be a key battleground in the race for the White House.
According to a new poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire, Obama holds a narrow 3 point lead over McCain, 46 percent to 43 percent, with 8 percent remaining undecided. That marks a clear departure from a similar poll conducted there in April that showed McCain with a 6 point lead among Granite State voters.
New Hampshire is only worth 4 electoral votes, but its famously independent voting electorate has repeatedly rendered the state a tossup at the presidential level: it voted for John Kerry by 1 percentage point in 2004 and for George Bush by 3 points in 2000.
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The state has already played a vital role in the 2008 presidential process - John McCain's come-from-behind victory there is largely credited with salvaging the Arizona senator's White House hopes while Hillary Clinton's surprising win set the stage for the prolonged Democratic primary. Clinton and Obama later held their first public show of support in Unity, New Hampshire - a town where the two candidates exactly tied.
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The poll, conducted on July 11-20, surveyed 519 voters and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.
The Media loves Obama because John McCain is an older version of Michael Dukakis. McCain is so incoherent you can't understand a word he is saying. His body language, his speech, his tone is symbolizing that McCain doesn't have a clue. He's making the mistake HRC did by waiting for Obama to slip up and make a mistake instead of being on the attack. And even when McCain is on the attack, he's flip flopped so much all in the name of the Presidency that people see right through him including his campaign being run by these same lobbyist he once despised. There's no straight talk, he's speaking jibberish. He's the old grandfather that you hate having sequester you into a conversation because he'll talk your head off for hours and you can't understand what he's saying or where he's going with the conversation and and hour later he'll forget everything he told you.
Bob In Newport, If Barack Obama was looked at as a totally white candidate instead of the black candidate or the Muslim candidate as so many ignorant people continue to think he is, this race wouldn't even be a discussion. Race has played a major factor in why Obama is only up by 7 or 8 percentage points right now.
Enough, Clinton supporters! Are you Democrats or what? Do you think that the so-called 18 million votes could have sent her to the WH? Get real, folks; if you have nothing to say, don't say it. I'm getting tired of your continuous whining!
McCain Aide Linked to Lobbyist Accused of Selling Access for Bush Library Donations
WASHINGTON — A top foreign policy adviser to John McCain has lobbied the National Security Council, Congress and the State Department on behalf of Stephen Payne, the Texas businessman and longtime Republican fundraiser caught up in a controversy over whether he sought to sell access to the Bush White House.
According to records on file with Congress, McCain foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann lobbied the Senate and House on behalf of Payne’s firm, Worldwide Strategic Partners Inc., in 2002.
Scheunemann also lobbied the National Security Council and the State Department regarding energy issues in the Caspian region in 2005 and 2006 on behalf of another Payne firm, Caspian Alliance Inc., according to the records.
The McCain campaign said Scheunemann did not lobby on any specific legislation on behalf of either company, said McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers. The fees to Scheunemann’s firm amounted to $50,000.
On Monday, McCain’s campaign said that from 2002 to 2006, Scheunemann periodically engaged in consulting relationships with the two companies and that Scheunemann was never on the payroll of either firm, but that he was an occasional outside expert consultant.
In regard to Caspian Alliance, Scheunemann arranged several informational meetings for Payne with Department of State and NSC officials following Caspian energy issues, said Rogers.
Scheunemann did not lobby McCain on Caspian energy issues or any other issue related to Payne, the McCain campaign spokesman added.
On July 13, the Sunday Times of London published an article and released a videotape in which Payne suggested to a politician from Kazakhstan that Payne could help arrange meetings with top Bush administration officials.
To all you Repuglicans that keep insisting that Obama doesn't have enough experience to be POTUS... funny, you voted for Dubya not once but TWICE!!! Not only did he OBVIOUSLY
Arlene, PA is a supporter of Obama. She wrote, "Listen to McCain, do you really think he would make a good comander and chief." You know Arlene, Obama sure will make one helluva "comander and chief." Yeah, he is a "chief" all right. He not only thinks he is a "chief", he truly believes he is a savior of our nation, a god. Give me your break!
Obama is more like Bush than McCain is. Mr. Nobama or your majesty doesn't care if gas prices go up he just doesn't think they should have gone up so fast. He was against FISA and now he voted for it. The DNC will pay dearly for installing Obama. Clinton would have won by a landslide. Vote McCain the DNC is a sham and deserves to lose. Did anyone notice Obama is not making any comments? He has probably been told not to say anything until his speechwriter tells him what to say. Every time Obama speaks own his own he loses votes. He avoids debates because he doesn't know anything. McCain will make him look like the no nothing he is.