(CNN) – Barack Obama continues to hold a 6-point lead over John McCain in CNN's latest poll of polls.
The newly-released poll of polls, consisting of three recent surveys, shows Obama drawing 49 percent of voters nationwide while McCain stands at 43 percent.
The 6 point lead represents no change from a CNN poll of polls released late last week, though it is 2 points smaller than one week ago.
Meanwhile, a new CNN poll of polls out of the key battleground state of Florida suggests the race may be getting tighter there. Obama now holds a 3 point lead over McCain, 49-46 percent. That's one point narrower than a Florida poll of polls released last week.
(CNN) - John McCain campaigns in Ohio Sunday. The state put President Bush over the top in his re-election bid four years ago, and it could all come down to Ohio and its 20 electoral votes this time around. John McCain holds rallies today in Westerville and Toledo, Ohio. The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio suggests that 48 percent of voters there are backing Barack Obama and 46 percent support McCain, with six percent undecided.
Obama campaigns in North Carolina Sunday, a once reliably Republican state in presidential contests that is now up for grabs. The last Democratic presidential candidate to win North Carolina was Jimmy Carter in 1976. But the most recent CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll in the state has the contest deadlocked at 49 percent.
As for the running mates, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin holds a rally in New Mexico Sunday. The state narrowly went for President Bush four years ago, but Obama is up by five points in the state according to Albuquerque Journal survey of New Mexico voters conducted at the beginning of the month.
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a campaign rally in Tacoma, Washington Sunday. Recent polls in that state suggest Obama has a ten point lead there.
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat's "ability to inspire" and the "inclusive nature of his campaign."
"I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Powell said he was concerned about what he characterized as a recent negative turn of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain's campaign, such as the campaign's attempts to tie Obama to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.
Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.
(CNN) - John McCain won the endorsement of the Tampa Tribune Saturday, a key newspaper in the battleground state of Florida.
The paper, which leans conservative but chose not to endorse a candidate in 2004 over dissatisfaction with President Bush, said the "uncertain times require McCain's tested vigilance."
"McCain brings a lifetime of useful experience, including his grueling captivity in Vietnam and long Senate service. He believes in federalism, a strong defense and disciplined self-interest," the paper wrote. "McCain has been willing to cross party lines to work on tough problems. He co-authored a campaign finance law that failed to fulfill its objective, but he did muster the bipartisan support needed to try to control the buying and selling of public office."
Earlier Saturday, Barack Obama was endorsed by the Miami Herald, another key paper in Florida.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama won the backing of the Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, but the paper noted the endorsement was not unanimous, and offered praiseworthy editorials of both candidates.
"These times demand steady, focused leadership," the paper wrote of Obama. "Leadership that takes America far from the policies that have created so much fear. Leadership that says it's OK to hope, because hope properly directed yields results. Barack Obama is ready to provide that leadership."
Of McCain, the editorial said, "A President McCain would work across the political aisle. He's done it before, often angering fellow Republicans. And his character is unassailable. The selfless and courageous way he conducted himself during 51/2 years as a POW says much about the man."
DUNN, North Carolina (CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign had a record-breaking September, hauling in over a $150 million last month - a new high-water mark in campaign fundraising history.
In a video to supporters, Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe said a record 632,000 new donors gave to the campaign, with an average contribution under $100, although several multi-million dollar fundraising events last month did pad that total. Over three million individual donors have given so far.
In addition, the Democratic National Committee raised $49.9 million in September.
John McCain's campaign is operating under the public financing system which limits its spending to $84 million for the general election, although the Republican National Committee is able to assume certain activities on its behalf.
Regardless of this stunning haul - which dwarfs the $65 million raised in August - Plouffe told supporters the campaign still needed more money because “of the slime that we’re getting from the McCain campaign.” Plouffe cited recent attack ads and robo-calls in battleground states and said the campaign needed to have every resource to “fight back.”
NEW YORK (CNN) – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin made her debut on NBC's late-night comedy show "Saturday Night Live" - appearing in the opening skit and during a segment that parodies current events.
In both skits, she delivered her lines with a straight face but mostly played the comic foil to the show's cast of mischief-makers.
The opening bit featured former SNL cast member Tina Fey reprising her role as the Alaska governor at a mock press conference.
Fey has impersonated the governor in three prior SNL skits.
The piece then cut to a shot of Palin watching Fey's performance on a television monitor with the show's executive producer Lorne Michaels.
"I just didn't think it was a realistic depiction of the way my press conferences would have gone," she said.
"Why couldn't we have done the '30 Rock' sketch that I wrote?" she asked, referring to the NBC comedy which stars Fey.