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Raising McCain

by Andrew Kohut, President, Pew Research Center
Special to the New York Times

Nearly lost in the blizzard of recent poll reports were the findings of a Gallup survey that the current Republican frontrunner, John McCain, might well give each of the two Democratic frontrunners a run for their money.

When Gallup asked 1,598 likely voters whom they’d back if the presidential election were held today, respondents chose Senator McCain over Barack Obama by a 50 percent to 45 percent margin, and also preferred the Arizona senator to Hillary Clinton by a modest 50 percent to 47 percent margin.

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