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US election at-a-glance: 7-14 June

WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

Hillary Clinton suspends her campaign and Barack Obama becomes the Democrats' presumptive nominee. The first full week of the general election campaign sees Mr Obama and Republican John McCain attacking each other's economic policies. The head of Mr Obama's Vice Presidential search committee, Jim Johnson, steps down after details emerge of a below-market rate mortgage he was given in the 1990s.

KEY QUOTES

"Today I am standing with Senator Obama to say 'Yes we can'"
Hillary Clinton concedes

You have to be really careful with what you say
Laura Bush gives Michelle Obama some advice

"Senator Obama says that I'm running for a Bush's third terms [sic]. It seems to me he's running for Jimmy Carter's second."
John McCain

"The only thing that he shares in common with President Bush is the understanding of good tax policy. Sadly, it seems that is all President Bush understood in the economy."
McCain adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin distances his candidate from the president

"You have to be really careful with what you say."
Laura Bush has some advice for Michelle Obama

"If drafted I will not run, nominated I will not accept and if elected I will not serve. So, I don't know how more crystal clear I can be."
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland rules himself out fairly conclusively as a running-mate for Mr Obama

NUMBER NEWS

With the identity of the two main party's candidates now known, polling companies have begun pitting John McCain up against Barack Obama in nationwide and state-wide surveys, with some interesting results.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal nation-wide poll gave Mr Obama a six-point lead over Mr McCain, a Hotline/Diageo gave him a two-point lead, while daily tracking polls from Gallup and Rasmussen all gave Mr Obama lead over Mr McCain that ranged from two to six points.

State match-ups also appeared to indicate that Mr Obama was enjoying a post-primary bounce, as the Democratic Party unifies after the divisions of the Obama-Clinton nomination battle.

In Iowa, which President Bush won in 2004, Rasmussen had Mr Obama ahead of Mr McCain by seven points, and in North Carolina, a normally-safe state for Republicans, Mr Obama was only two points behind Mr McCain.

Polls in swing-states which the Democrats will need to hold to regain the White House - like Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon, New Jersey and Michigan - also suggested that Mr Obama was ahead of Mr McCain.

WEEKLY PICTURE

Hillary Clinton at the event in which she suspended her campaign and endorsed Barack Obama, 7 June 2008
On suspending her campaign, Mrs Clinton urged her supporters to work hard to elect Barack Obama




Electoral College votes

Winning post 270
Obama - Democrat
365
McCain - Republican
173
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