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Obama leads McCain by 7 points in new Ohio poll

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A new poll suggests Barack Obama has a seven-point lead over John McCain in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch says Sunday that Obama leads 49 percent to 42 percent among likely voters in the important battleground state.

The newspaper's poll was conducted Sept. 24-Oct. 3 by mail among 2,262 likely Ohio voters. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

A poll done by the Dispatch in the middle of August suggested McCain had a 42 percent to 41 percent lead. Obama's support among Ohio Democrats has increased 10 percent since then, and he now has the backing of two-thirds of those who voted for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the March 4th primary.

In the August poll, just half of Clinton's supporters said they were behind Obama.

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