Surge in New York

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Sen. John McCain “has ex­pe­ri­enced a surge of sup­port among women in heav­ily Demo­cratic New York state,” the New York Post’s Fredric U. Dicker writes.

“The in­ter­nal Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic polls, de­tails of which were pro­vided to the Post, have stunned mem­bers of both par­ties — and pro­duced deep wor­ries among Democrats,” Mr. Dicker said.

“One great con­cern for Democrats is that the data show a con­tin­u­ous move­ment to­ward the McCain-Palin ticket by women, a ma­jor­ity of whom tra­di­tion­ally fa­vor Democrats.

“The move­ment by women to­ward McCain is be­ing cred­ited to Demo­cratic at­tacks on Alaska Gov. Palin, [the re­cent] ‘lip­stick on a pig’ crack by Obama and to the con­tin­u­ing un­hap­pi­ness by fe­male Democrats over Obama’s fail­ure to pick Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton as his run­ning mate.

“ ‘If it winds up be­ing tight in New York, that means McCain wins the elec­tion na­tion­ally,’ said a prom­i­nent Demo­crat fa­mil­iar with some of the polling data.

“A prom­i­nent Repub­li­can fa­mil­iar with the re­sults said, ‘It re­ally is some­thing, be­cause we just as­sumed Obama would carry such a heav­ily Demo­cratic state like New York with no dif­fi­culty.’ “

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