The Battleground: The Presidential, Senate Races in New Jersey

Senator Barack Obama leads Senator John McCain by 17 percentage points among both New Jersey registered voters and likely voters. Obama sprints ahead of McCain — 53% to 36% — among registered voters. Among likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Obama outdistances McCain 56% to 39%. The contest in New Jersey had been in jeopardy for Obama just last month following the Republican National Convention. In a Marist Poll conducted in September, Obama had 48% to 45% for his Republican rival McCain among likely voters. That was within the poll’s margin of error. Today, the political tide in New Jersey has turned in favor of the Democrat.

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