Xena Sarah Palin washes away Obamas polling lead in swing states

September 15th, 2008 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Sep 15 (ANI): The moose-hunting Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, has sent Barack Obamas campaign into a state of panic as support for the Democratic presidential candidate drops in the battleground states he must win to reach the White House.

Palinmania has washed away Obamas polling leads in several swing states that he had been counting on to win.

A clutch of polls last week showed McCain ahead by five points in Missouri, four in Ohio, four in Virginia and eight in Florida. New Mexico and Nevada, two top Obama targets, recorded narrow leads for McCain.

Other states that had appeared to be comfortably in the Democratic camp now look precarious. In blue-collar New Jersey, Obamas lead has shrunk to three points; in latte-sipping Washington, it is down to two.

He is still narrowly ahead in Colorado and Michigan, where Palin has been campaigning energetically, but the ground is shifting beneath his feet.

Advisers fear the get-out-the-vote machine that served Obama so well in the primary campaign against Clinton will be overwhelmed by Palins legion of female fans.

Palin, 44, continued to scythe through Obamas support among women by taunting the first potential Black President for declining to choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate and by declaring that questions about juggling work and family were kind of irrelevant in the modern age.

The mother of five, who has been called Xena, the warrior princess, said in a television interview: I think hes regretting not picking (Clinton) now, I do. What determination and grit and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way - she handled those well, The Times quoted Palin, as saying.

She presented herself as a champion of no-fuss, no-non-sense working mothers. Of course you can be the vice-president and you can raise a family, she said brightly. Im the governor and Im raising a family.

In the face of Palins onslaught, Obama has continued to base his campaign on the outdated claim that John McCain and his running mate represent four more years of a failed Bush Administration.

A senior Obama adviser said candidly that claim did not work. I dont think its sticking. The McCain campaign has stolen our message of change - the very thing weve been campaigning on for 20 months.

The Democrat cheers that greeted the selection of veteran senator Joe Biden, 65, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, as Obamas running mate have died away. (ANI)

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