A leading pollster says the presidential race is still too close to call.
John Zogby told the Boston Herald that he doesn't think Democrat Barack Obama has closed the deal yet with the American people. He said it may be in the last days before the election whether voters decide if they trust Obama enough to give him The Oval Office.
Zogby's own poll shows Obama leading Republican John McCain 48 to 44 percent, just outside the margin of error.
He says the current race is similar to what happened in 1980. Voters didn't decide to go with Ronald Reagan over incumbent President Jimmy Carter until just days before the election.
"The Sunday before the election the dam burst," Zogby said of the 1980 tilt. "That's when voters determined they were comfortable with Reagan."
The Experience Question
The pollster says voters are trying to decide on two senators with different levels of experience: Obama, who burst onto the national political scene as an unknown, and McCain, who has decades of experience in Washington.
Zogby said he's still hearing from what he calls "the big middle" - undecided voters who say they are still looking at both candidates. He contends this year's race can still break either way.
The poll shows that while McCain leads with 85 percent of Republican support over Obama's 84 percent of Democratic support, Obama leads McCain among Independent voters 48 to 39 percent.
Zogby will continue to poll voters right up until the November election. His pollsters surveyed 1,220 voters, who were asked more than 35 questions. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
Obama Leads in TV Ad Spending
The Illinois senator holds the lead when it comes to buying television commercials for his campaign.
Obama spent $3.3 million on TV commercials just on last Monday night. John McCain spent about $900,000 on television commercials for the same day.
The Republican National Committee also kicked in about $700,000 to buy television time.
Obama is still outspending McCain on television commercials in almost all the 14 contested states. In response, one Republican strategist said money doesn't always mean victory.
Sources: CBN News, Boston Herald.com