Obama Nine Points Ahead of McCain, Poll Shows

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | October 22, 2008 | 1:20 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama flanked by former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton, left, and former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, speaks during a news conference after a foreign policy meeting in Richmond, Va., Oct. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead - 51 percent to 42 percent – over GOP presidential candidate John McCain, matching Obama’s average for October to date, according to the latest Gallup poll released Wednesday.
The poll was conducted Oct. 19-21 from a sample of 2,799 registered voters and has a margin or error of plus or minus two percentage points.
Meanwhile, Real Clear Politics Poll average shows Obama with a seven-point lead over McCain.
In Florida, Real Clear Politics has Obama two points ahead of McCain, but President Bush won the state in 2000 and 2004. In Ohio – a state that went to Bush in 2000 and 2004 - Obama leads by two points as well.
In New Mexico, a state that voted for Bush in 2004 and former Vice President Al Gore in 2000, Obama is ahead by eight points, as well as in Virginia, which went to Bush in both presidential elections.
Pennsylvania voters selected Sen. John Kerry in 2004 and Gore in 2000, and Obama is leading by 11 points, according to Real Clear Politics, and the same goes for Michigan.
In Nevada, which is considered a toss-up and voted for Bush twice, Obama is ahead by two points. In Iowa, which voted for Bush in 2004 and Gore in 2000, Obama leads by 11 points.
In North Carolina, a state that voted for Bush in the last two presidential elections, Obama is ahead by a thin margin of one point. And in Missouri, which also voted for Bush twice, Obama is ahead by two points.