Dems Fear Tight Race Could Hurt Chances

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WASHINGTON - As the Democratic primary race drags on, more of the party faithful are growing impatient.

There's real concern that the bitter campaigning could hurt their chances of beating John McCain in November. And new poll numbers seem to support their concern.

Obama Takes Aim at McCain

Wasting no time getting back on the campaign trail after a short vacation, Barack Obama set his sights - not on Hillary Clinton - but on the GOP's presumptive nominee.

"John McCain has admitted he doesn't understand the economy as well as he should. Yesterday he proved it," Obama said.

Obama - who leads Clinton in the delegate count- is trying to position himself as the clear contender who'll challenge McCain in the fall.

If he is the nominee, a new poll suggests he'll likely face fallout from a contentious campaign.

The same is true for Clinton if she wins the nomination.

If My Dem Doesn't Win, I'll Vote McCain!

The Gallup poll shows 28 percent of Clinton supporters say they would vote for McCain over Obama if she doesn't receive the nomination.

Nineteen percent of Obama supporters say they'd vote for McCain over Clinton.

"There are some in the media who want this race to be over. Well, I disagree. I think everyone deserves to be heard," Clinton said.

Call it what you will, but the numbers show the drawn-out campaign seems to be deepening the divide between the two camps and splitting the party.

Despite a rough couple of weeks in the spotlight over controversial remarks made by his former Pastor Jeremiah Wright, Obama maintains higher favorability ratings than Clinton.

And in a head-to-head match-up against McCain, Obama leads McCain by two points and McCain leads Clinton by two - all with the poll's margin of error.

McCain Distances Himself from Bush

McCain, who critics see as being in lockstep with President Bush, seemingly tried to distance himself in a speech on foreign policy.

"Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed. We need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies," he said.

While they may not agree with his politics, McCain's call for collegiality has some Democrats wishing for the same thing to stop the infighting between the candidates.

*Original broadcast March 27, 2008.

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