Yesterday’s Gallup poll showed McCain picking up some ground, cutting Barack’s lead from 8% to 4%. But today’s Rasmussen ticks up a point for Barack.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Barack
Obama attracting 51% of the vote while John McCain earns 44%. This seven-point
advantage is the largest yet enjoyed by Obama during Election 2008 and is
consistent with the stable lead he has enjoyed over the past week. For each of
the past seven days, Obama has been at 50% or 51% and McCain has been at 44% or 45%.

The challenge for McCain remains the strong focus on the bad economy. Will the conversation shift, or can McCain figure out how to get some traction on the Wall Street fiasco? He missed an opportunity to reinforce his brand when he voted for the bailout last night without demanding that the pork be removed. But I suspect the campaign is gunshy after last week’s campaign suspension failed to impress.

Obama leads 63% to 32% among voters who name the economy as the top voting
issue. McCain lead 74% to 24% among those who say that national security is the
highest priority. Fifty percent (50%) of voters say the economy is most
important while just 19% see national security that way.

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