Gallup’s Daily Poll conducted June 12-14, 2008 reports a virtual tie between presumptive Presidential nominees Obama and McCain. 44 percent of the nation’s registered voters are for Obama, 42 percent are for McCain. However, 15 percent are undecided, the highest percentage of the year so far.
This most recent tie brings to mind the one that Democrats just experienced on June 3, 2008, discussed here in “Did Hillary Lose? Not So Fast: Taking Stock.” In that tie, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, while Obama was declared winner due to Superdelegate and caucus wins, which gave them undue weight by awarding similar amounts of delegates for comparatively low representation. Before suspending her campaign one long week ago, Clinton had maintained that she was the candidate best-prepared to beat John McCain in November. (I can guarantee you this: Hillary would not be using gun ‘n knife fight analogies to frame her ideological arguments. Yes, I later found out it’s a movie reference, but still shaking my head — it’s a bit rough around the edges for this lady’s taste. But . . . I digress.)