Decision 2008: Obama ahead of McCain in Montana - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Decision 2008: Obama ahead of McCain in Montana

HELENA, Mont. - A new poll shows that Democrat Barack Obama edging ahead of Republican John McCain in Montana - a state with a long tradition of voting Republican in presidential elections.

Obama is at 44 percent and John McCain is at 40 percent in a new Montana State University-Billings poll released today. The poll reverses others from earlier in the fall that showed McCain with a lead in the state.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Both Obama and McCain held their individual party's base, but Obama held an advantage among self-described independents.

By a large margin, respondents said they thought McCain had run a more negative campaign.

Predictably, McCain got better marks on the foreign relations issue while Obama scored better on the economy.
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