PPP Poll: McCain Holds Small Lead in South Carolina

A new Public Policy Polling survey in South Carolina finds Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama, 45% to 39%, with Libertarian Bob Barr getting 5%.

Key findings: “The demographics fueling Obama’s ability to stay within striking range are the same ones that allowed him to win a dominant victory in the state’s Democratic primary. He leads 77% to 10% with black voters and 54% to 32% with voters under 30. John McCain leads within pretty much every other subgroup.”

In South Carolina — and in many other states — Obama’s ability to win will depend on his ability to generate high turnout among the two groups most supportive of his candidacy.

Clinton Asks to Keep Campaign Donations

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign “is sending out letters to donors asking permission to roll a $2,300 contribution to Clinton’s 2008 general election coffers to her 2012 senate election fund instead of offering a refund,” the New York Observer reports.

Quote of the Day

“I’m 62, I’m having trouble remembering things.”

— President Bush, at a news conference earlier today, in comments not helpful to 71 year old John McCain.

More Americans Positive About Iraq

A new CBS News poll “shows that while Americans have been pessimistic about the direction of the country in general and the state of the economy in particular, they are increasingly positive about the way things are going in Iraq.”

“Just seven percent say the war in Iraq is going very well but 45 percent now say it is going at least somewhat well. This marks the most positive assessment of the war since January, 2006, and a 10 point upswing since just last month. But 51 percent say the war is going at least somewhat badly. In June, just 35 percent said the war was going somewhat well while 62 percent said it was going badly.”

The complete results of the poll will be released later tonight.

Rangel in Trouble?

The Washington Post has good advice for any politician: “Try not to make the front page of two major papers over two separate sets of ethical questions in the same week.”

Unfortunately, House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) isn’t listening. 

“On Friday, he was on the front page of the New York Times in a story about his occupying four rent-controlled apartments in Harlem, three for his residence and one for a campaign office. Today, he was on the front page of the Washington Post for having solicited contributions from interests with business before his committee for a foundation named after him.”

Quinnipiac: Obama Opens Lead Nationally

“With commanding leads among women and young voters and near unanimous support from black voters,” Sen. Barack Obama has a 50% to 41% lead over Sen. John McCain, according to a new Quinnipiac poll of likely voters released today.

Independent voters split 44% to 44%. McCain has a slight 47% to 44% edge among men voters and a larger 49% to 42% lead among white voters. But black voters back Obama 94% to 1%, while women support him 55% to 36%. 

Interesting: Obama gets 44% to McCain’s 47% in red states, which went Republican by more than 5 percent in 2004, and leads 50% to 39% in purple or swing states.

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