New Hampshire, a key battleground in November, is still too close to call, according to a new poll out this evening.
In the Suffolk University/7News poll, Democrat Barack Obama has 46 percent while Republican John McCain has 45 percent.
While the Granite State has voted Republican in eight of the last 12 presidential elections, the Wall Street crisis is hurting the GOP, the poll found. When likely voters were asked which political party, if any, deserved blame, 36 percent blamed the Republicans; 14 percent blamed the Democrats; 34 percent said neither; and 15 percent were undecided.
“Barack Obama continues to show strength in states that historically vote Republican for president,” David Paleologos, director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University in Boston, said in a statement. “He appears to be benefiting from the Wall Street meltdown."
The Granite State only has four electoral votes of the 270 needed to win the White House, but national polls and swing state surveys suggest the race could be close enough that those four could matter.
Respondents said they trust McCain over Obama, 45 percent to 43 percent, but asked who they thought would be the next president, Obama led 47 percent to 37 percent.
In other poll findings:
-- 51 percent said McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, was not qualified to step in as president, while 43 percent said she was. Also, 37 percent said Palin is being treated harshly by the media while 29 percent said she is being treated fairly.
-- In the US Senate rematch, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen narrowly leads Republican Senator John Sununu, 41 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian Ken Blevens with 3 percent, 13 percent undecided, and 4 percent refusing to answer.
-- In the New Hampshire governor's race, Democratic incumbent John Lynch leads Republican Joe Kenney 61 percent to 16 percent.
The poll was conducted Sunday through Wednesday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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