Zogby: McCain 47%, Obama 45%

Big grain of salt, due to the online methodology of this Zogby poll, but . . .

Republican John McCain’s surprise announcement Friday of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate — some 16 hours after Democrat Barack Obama’s historic speech accepting his party’s presidential nomination — has possibly stunted any Obama convention bump, the latest Zogby Interactive flash poll of the race shows. . . .
Overall, 52% said the selection of Palin as the GOP vice presidential nominee helps the Republican ticket. . . .
The interactive survey shows that 22% of those voters who supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in their primary elections or caucus earlier this year are now supporting John McCain.

The timing of the veep announcement was perfect, in terms of stopping the cable news networks from endlessly re-rolling footage of Obama’s acceptance speech at the Barackopolis. And the choice of Palin was newsworthy enough to dominate the news cycle all weekend. Even if much of the coverage was negative, coverage is coverage, and it’s likely that Palin will still be on the front-page headlines Monday morning.

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