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'Clinton has nearly erased Obama's lead'

world Updated: Mar 10, 2008 20:56 IST

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Hillary Clinton has erased the once-commanding lead held by rival Barack Obama in most national polls among Democratic voters, a majority of whom now support the idea of both candidates running together in the presidential elections, a new survey shows.

Clinton has revived her once faltering campaign following her impressive primary victories in Texas and Ohio on March 4. But Obama remains the favored nominee among 45 per cent of Democrats, compared with 44 per cent for Clinton, according to a Newsweek national poll.

Obama, whose campaign witnessed an amazing momentum of 11 straight victories in February, is favoured to win the next primary in Mississippi, which will be held tomorrow.

The new Newsweek poll found that Democratic voters are ready to rally around the candidate who is most likely to improve the economy amid fears of a recession, but remained split on who they could trust more on the issue.

Also, a vast majority (69 per cent) now supports the idea of a "dream ticket", leaving aside the question of who should run for president.

What's striking, Newsweek says, is that the fundamentals remain largely the same.

Obama gets overwhelming support from blacks (80 per cent to 10 per cent), those under 40 (60 per cent to 35 per cent) and voters who have graduated from college (50 per cent to 41 per cent).

Hillary wins the majority of whites (53 per cent to 35 per cent), voters over 60 (51 per cent to 33 per cent) and those who have a high-school education or less (48 per cent to 38 per cent).

Also, a majority of males support Obama while Clinton retains her lead with female voters.