Latest NH Tracking Poll: McCain Leads Bush and Forbes; Gore Beating Bradley

By Jerry Miller | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

Manchester, NH ( - The latest New Hampshire tracking poll shows Arizona Sen John McCain leading Texas Gov George W Bush by a margin of 41 to 33 percent.

The survey, done for Manchester station WMUR-TV and released Saturday, has publisher Steve Forbes running third at 16 percent, with Alan Keyes at eight percent and Gary Bauer at one percent.

In the Democratic contest, Vice President Al Gore continues to widen his lead over former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley. Gore now leads 54 to 42 percent just three days before the February 1 vote.

Other polls also find Gore pulling ahead of the one-time National Basketball Association star among men, independents and registered Democrats, even as Bradley works to aggressively attack Gore for earlier votes on the abortion issue.

The Dartmouth College-Associated Press survey shows Gore leading his rival by a margin of 54 percent to 40 percent. The previous Dartmouth poll had Bradley leading Gore 49 to 43 percent.

A tracking poll done by CNN-USA Today and Gallup has Gore ahead by a margin of 56 to 40 percent. Both the Dartmouth and CNN surveys have error margins of five percent.

Hoping to reverse his slide, Bradley spent much of Saturday attacking Gore for previous life issue votes he made while in Congress. The Bradley campaign released a letter written by then-Congressman Gore, quoting him as saying, "It is my deep personal conviction that abortion is wrong."

Throughout the New Hampshire contest, Gore insisted he has always been pro-choice.

"I'm drawing the more misrepresentations," Bradley said Saturday. "If you do change your position, it's an obligation to explain why you did so to the country."

Bradley has come under frequent criticism from supporters for his failure to point out discrepancies in the vice president's record and to fight back, when Gore has misrepresented his positions on health care and other matters.

In the Republican contest, McCain continued Saturday to hold well-attended town meetings. Unlike Bush, whose events are carefully orchestrated, with few questions, McCain continues to spend most of the two-hour sessions soliciting and answering questions.

At his 113th town meeting, held Saturday, McCain insisted he is ready to assume the presidency and, unlike unmentioned rivals, will not require on-the-job-training.