Obama's double-digit lead on McCain shrinks in MN

Obama's double-digit lead on McCain shrinks in MN

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of Multi-National Force – Iraq, gives an aerial tour of Baghdad, Iraq, to Sens. Barack Obama, left, and Chuck Hagel. (Photo: Department of Defense)

According to a just-released Rasmussen poll, Barack "Made it out of Iraq" Obama has a 12 point lead on John McCain in Minnesota. The Obama campaign can't complain about a double-digit lead--but that lead was 18 points two weeks ago. Who here likes a horse race?

Here are a few more details from the poll:

In Minnesota this month, Obama leads 42% to 35% among voters not affiliated with either major party. Like in many states, the Democrat has a big lead among women (54% to 35%) but a marginal lead among men (44% to 40%). Obama leads among voters from every age group, but performs strongest among younger voters.

More crunching of the Minnesota numbers from Rasmussen:

- 43% of Minnesotans choose the economy as the top issue of Election 2008. Among those voters, Obama has a 63% to 24% advantage. McCain has the lead among voters who say national security issues are most important, 60% to 32%. However, just 17% of Minnesota voters see this as the top issue of the upcoming election.

- 54% of voters in Minnesota think the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror.

- Nationally, belief is growing that the media is trying to help Obama win. In Minnesota, 47% of voters agree. (Back off citizen critics, I'm pushing this guy...again)

There are new Franken v. Coleman results too. It's tight. Coleman is riding a one-point lead.

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