As America’s Democratic Party gear up for for their convention to set the seal on Barack Obama as their presidential candidate, the latest opinion poll shows their man with a slender lead over his Republican rival.
Research for the Washington Post and the ABC network on the eve of the convention gives Obama 49 per cent of the vote, and John McCain 45 per cent, but the pollsters point out that those numbers virtually correspond exactly with the survey’s plus-or-minus 3 per cent margin of error.
They also point out that the people polled were questionned before Obama announced his vice-presidential running-mate – the veteran foreign affairs expert, Senator Joe Biden.
Indeed, two-thirds of those polled believed that the Republican McCain has a better grasp of foreign policy.
But that is exactly why Obama asked Biden to join him on the ticket.
He is widely respected as an expert on world politics, even by John McCain himself.
On Thursday Barack Obama will formally accept the mantle of Democratic candidate to run for America’s 44th president.