McCain, Obama in Dead Heat, Gallup Poll Shows

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | September 16, 2008 | 1:45 PM EDT

Sen. Barack Obama, appearing at a Norfolk, Va., high school Wednesday morning, responded to the "made-up controversy" involving Obama's own comment about "lipstick on a pig."

( – Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are in a close race, with McCain leading by one point, according to the latest Gallup poll released Tuesday.
In polling taken Sept. 13-13, McCain lead Obama 47 percent to 46 percent. The two have been in a statistical dead heat for the last five days.

When it comes to the first movies they watched as kids, both candidates got verklempt by the story lines. McCain said Disney's "Bambi" brought him to tears, while the wildlife film "Born Free" caused Obama to choke up.

McCain’s lead was as large as five percentage points after the Republican National Convention, and the presidential race is back to where it was before the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. In polling done Aug. 22-24, the candidates were dead even at 45 percent.
The Gallup poll daily tracking was conducted Sept. 13-15 from interviews of 2,800 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

Meanwhile, a Real Clear Politics average shows Obama leading McCain by two points in New Mexico. In the battleground state of Michigan, Obama was up by two points over McCain.
In Ohio, which has 20 electoral votes, McCain leads by two points. He also leads Obama by six points in Florida, which has 27 electoral votes.
They are tied for electoral votes so far in Virginia, which has 13 electoral votes, and in Pennsylvania, Obama is leading McCain by one point.