Obama eclipses McCain, Hagan leaps ahead in latest PPP poll

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In the latest North Carolina poll from Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling, Barack Obama has taken a 2-point lead over John McCain, within the 3-point margin of error. Meanwhile, Kay Hagan has leaped ahead of Elizabeth Dole, 46-38. Last week, Rasmussen also placed Obama ahead, 49-47. In last week's N.C. poll, PPP had Obama and McCain tied, and Hagan with a 5-point lead. Apparently, the financial crisis is contributing to the shift toward Obama and Hagan: PPP found that both candidates lead among voters who listed the economy as their top concern. (Among these voters, Obama has a 55-38 advantage over McCain, while Hagan bests Dole 55-32.)

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