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20-Point Shift in McCain's Favor Among White Women

8:54 AM, Sep 9, 2008 • By GARY ANDRES
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The new ABC/Washington Post poll News must be generating some smiles in the McCain camp. Strategists for the Arizona Senator's campaign have worked hard, looking for ways to boost his support among women. Boosting support among women - particularly white, suburbanites has challenged the campaign for months. This passage from Gary Langer's analysis at ABC suggests the Palin choice and other steps put them on the right path to solve this electoral puzzle:

White women have moved from 50-42 percent in Obama's favor before the conventions to 53-41 percent for McCain now, a 20-point shift in the margin that's one of the single biggest post-convention changes in voter preferences. The other, also to McCain's advantage, is in the battleground Midwest, where he's moved from a 19-point deficit to a 7-point edge.

For more keen observations on this poll, read the rest of Langer's analysis here.