Convention give Obama a bounce in polls

09/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The Democratic National Convention has given Barack Obama a bounce in his race against John McCain.

A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted over the weekend shows Obama up by a margin of 50 percent to 43 percent over McCain. The survey also showed that McCain's advantage in handling terrorism was dramatically reduced, and his "unfavorable" rating ticked up to its highest level this year.

Asked if the candidate "shares your values," Obama holds a 13 percent advantage over McCain. That’s almost double the edge he held before the convention.

At last week’s convention, in addition to Obama’s speech at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium in front of 84,000 people, Bill and Hillary Clinton also gave strong endorsements for the party’s new standard bearer.

That support, as well as the selection of Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate, has persuaded one previously undecided Democrat to support Obama. Hillsborough County Clerk of the Courts Pat Frank confirmed her commitment to WMNF yesterday.

Tampa area Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor is a co-chair of the Barack Obama campaign in Florida. Speaking to WMNF from a Labor Day event in Tampa yesterday, Castor discussed the selection of Palin.

In other political news, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden will be in Sarasota tomorrow. The Delaware senator will be speaking at a Town Hall Meeting on Women’s Economic Security tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Booker High School. Tickets were free but had to be obtained at the Obama campaign office at 1143 Main St. in Sarasota by 9 tonight.

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