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If the 2008 presidential election were being held today, for whom would you vote? (Among likely voters)



of moderates voted for Obama, the highest proportion a Democrat has won in modern exit polling.


of veterans voted for McCain.

NOTE: Movable voters are those who said they could change their minds or have yet to select a candidate.
SOURCE: This Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll is a four-night rolling average of telephone interviews with a random national sample of approximately 1,900 likely voters. Interviews are conducted on landline and cellular telephones. The poll started on Oct. 16 and runs through Nov. 3. The results from the full poll have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. Error margins for subgroups are larger.

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[McCain and Obama at the first presidential debate]
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  • Presidential Debate
    Location: The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.
    Moderator: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, The NewsHour, PBS
  • Vice Presidential Debate
    Location: Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
    Moderator: Gwen Ifill, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour, and Moderator and Managing Editor, Washington Week, PBS
  • Presidential Debate (town meeting)
    Location: Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.
    Moderator: Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News
  • Presidential Debate
    Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
    Moderator: Bob Schieffer, CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent, and Host, Face the Nation
Conventions 2008 >
[Democratic National Convention]
Democrats gathered in Denver Aug. 25-28 to formally nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden for President and Vice President.
[Republican National Convention]
Republicans gathered in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 1-4 to formally nominate John McCain and Sarah Palin for President and Vice President.
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