Posted at 8:11 AM on October 7, 2008
by Tom Scheck
A new MPR/Humphrey Institute poll shows that Democrat Barack Obama has surged ahead of Republican John McCain in the past week. Those polled found the race in a dead heat before Thursday's vice-presidential debate. Obama surged ahead after the debate. The reason: voters are more confident in how Obama would handle the financial crisis and Joe Biden's performance in the debate.
The U of M's Larry Jacobs says the race is far from over. 12% of those polled are still undecided and a fifth say they can change their mind before election day.
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