Vote Yourself: McCain favored over Dems, poll finds

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Managing editor Brian Lindamood and I sat down to discuss the only Ohio debate between Democratic frontrunners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Hear our top-notch analysis about who came out on top. [Listen]

Also, I thought this wire report published on DispatchPolitics.com was interesting.

Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would lose to presumptive Republican nominee John McCain if the general election were held today, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found. McCain would beat Clinton 46 percent to 40 percent and Obama 44 percent to 42 percent. His lead over Obama is within the poll's 3-point margin of error.

Of course, polls are often misleading, incomplete, biased and non-representative. But it's interesting that McCain would beat both. I wonder two things:

- Obama has gained significant ground among major voting blocs, including white males. However, can he maintain the grassroots energy that has wilted in the past two Democratic general-election campaigns?

- How badly will the recent McCain missteps hurt him? Is it better they happened now, rather than in September?