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National Polls Show Obama Taking Lead Over Clinton

After nine straight daily reports in which Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were never separated by more than 4 points, Obama has opened a 50 percent to 44 percent lead in a Gallup daily tracking poll conducted March 11-13. The margin of error is 3 points.

In its general election match-ups, either Democrat is exactly tied with John McCain – Obama at 45 percent to 45 percent, and Clinton at 46 percent to 46 percent. This survey was conducted March 7-13 and has a 2 percent margin of error.

Rasmussen Reports has Obama ahead 50 percent to 42 percent with a 4 point margin of error. Rasmussen says it’s the first time in its polling that Obama has reached 50 percent. Clinton leads among white voters 50 percent to 39 percent while Obama leads among black voters 84 percent to 9 percent. Rasmussen’s general election match-ups pretty much mirror the Gallup results.

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