Bush Seen Leading Kerry In 3 Battleground States - Poll
LOS ANGELES (AP)--President George W. Bush has a slight lead over Sen. John
F. Kerry in the battleground states of Missouri, Wisconsin, and Ohio,
according to new Los Angeles Times polls.
The polls showed Bush slightly ahead in Missouri and Wisconsin - within the
survey's margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points - the
newspaper reported Thursday. In Ohio, Bush's lead was only 1 percentage
point outside the margin of error.
The results were similar to those found in a national poll the Times
released earlier Thursday. That one showed Bush with the support of 49% of
registered voters to 46% for Kerry. The telephone poll of 1,352 registered
voters nationwide was conducted Saturday through Tuesday and had a margin of
error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
In the statewide polls, Bush led Kerry 46% to 44% in Missouri, 48% to 44% in
Wisconsin and 49% to 44% in Ohio. The polls, also conducted between Saturday
and Tuesday, involved 507 registered voters in Ohio, 512 in Wisconsin and
580 in Missouri.
In 2000, Bush won Missouri by almost 80,000 votes and Ohio by about 167,000.
He lost Wisconsin to former Vice President Al Gore by fewer than 6,000
votes. Bush and Kerry are both campaigning hard in all three states this