Two new national polls out tonight both had the same bottom line: a tightening race between Barack Obama and John McCain.
The New York Times/CBS News survey and the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll both gave Obama a 45 percent to 42 percent edge. Obama led in the Times/CBS survey 45 percent to 39 percent last month.
That poll also found more excitement among Obama supporters -- 48 percent said they were enthusiastic compared to 24 percent of McCain backers. But on the question of effectiveness as commander in chief, McCain led 44 percent to 21 percent.
The Journal/NBC poll, as most polls have, showed that McCain has the edge on foreign policy and national defense, while Obama has the advantage on the domestic side and the economy.
That survey also found that Hillary Clinton would have a slightly larger lead over McCain if she were the Democratic nominee, 49 percent to 43 percent.
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