McCain takes slim lead over Obama in AP-GfK poll

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Associated Press-GfK Poll shows that John McCain has a slim lead over Barack Obama in the presidential race, helped by strong support from suburban and working-class whites and how voters view each candidate's experience.

Obama tried to tie his Republican rival to the deeply unpopular President Bush. But the poll shows McCain is having some success in avoiding that, with half saying they believe the Arizona senator would chart a different path from Bush.

There are some signs of hope for Obama. The Illinois senator has an 18-percentage-point lead among voters who look more to a candidate's values and views than experience. Slightly more of Obama's supporters than McCain's say they will definitely vote for their candidate.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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