Obama Ahead by Nine Points in Latest Gallup Poll

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | October 29, 2008 | 1:33 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama gesture at a rally at Halifax Mall at the Government Complex in Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama leads Republican presidential candidate John McCain - 51 percent to 42 percent - nine points in the latest Gallup poll released Wednesday.
Using the traditional model, Obama is leading 49 percent to 46 percent – a three-point advantage, while the expanded likely voter model shows the Illinois senator leading 51 percent to 44 percent or seven points.
The poll was conducted Oct. 26-28 from a sample of 2,789 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
Meanwhile, in the latest Real Clear Politics Poll average, Obama leads by six points.
Obama is ahead in eight key states which President Bush won in the last two presidential elections. He leads by three points in Florida, seven points in Nevada, one point in North Carolina and Indiana, eight in Colorado, five in Ohio, and seven in Virginia. He has a slight advantage (0.6 percent) in Missouri, according to Real Clear Politics.