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Hotline Poll Puts McCain Up on Economy and Energy

6:28 PM, Oct 6, 2008 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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You're not misreading the headline. The poll puts Obama up six points, overall, but McCain is inexplicably closing a gap on two key issues:

After closing in on Obama's lead yesterday, McCain has now taken the lead on handling of two key issues. The GOP nominee holds 43-42% leads over Obama on both the economy and energy policy -- McCain's first leads on handling of the economy since 9/10 and first on energy policy since 9/23.

Most other polls, of course, are not showing anything near parity on the economy issue, which is the leading issue in voters' minds right now, but worth keeping an eye on this one (if only to keep your spirits up).