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US election at-a-glance: 9 Sept

DAY IN A NUTSHELL

John McCain applauds President Bush's announcement on troop withdrawals from Iraq, while Barack Obama describes the plan as "very modest". The Washington Post reports that Sarah Palin "billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home [from an] allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while travelling on state business". British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is accused of meddling in the US election after writing a magazine article in which he praises Barack Obama and the Democrats.

KEY QUOTES

"Today's announcement of additional withdrawals of American forces in Iraq demonstrates what success in our efforts there can look like."
John McCain

This ain't your father's Republican Party
Joe Biden

"[The President's Iraq] plan comes up short - it is not enough troops, and not enough resources, with not enough urgency."
Barack Obama

"Here in Pennsylvania we just don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they're listening, and then turns around and talks how bitterly they cling to their guns and their religion when those people aren't listening."
Sarah Palin

"I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy... and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability... If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?"
Joe Biden

"The national media are dominated by enthusiastic Obama supporters desperate to see Obama the Enlightened win the White House, heal our souls, reset our thermostats and shut down the Fox News Channel."
Michael Graham, Boston Herald

"In the electrifying US presidential campaign, it is the Democrats who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times."
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, writing in the Parliamentary Monitor

NUMBER NEWS

Today's nation-wide polls show little movement. Two national match-ups (daily trackers from Gallup and Hotline/Diageo) give John McCain the lead, while the third daily tracker (from Rasmussen) has the candidates tied. A poll from the Investor's Business Daily gives Mr Obama a five-point lead.

In state-wide polls, there is bad news for Mr Obama.

In Montana, a traditionally-Republican state where he has been competitive, a Rasmussen poll gives Mr McCain an 11-point lead.

In North Carolina, where Mr Obama had also been competing strongly against Mr McCain, a Survey USA poll gives Mr McCain a 20-point lead.

And in the usually-safely Democratic state of New Jersey, Mr Obama's lead has dropped down to seven points, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson survey.

DAILY PICTURE
John McCain saluting at an audience member during a campaign rally in Lebanon, Ohio, 9 September 2008
Ever the military man, John McCain salutes a fellow veteran during a campaign rally in Lebanon, Ohio.




Electoral College votes

Winning post 270
Obama - Democrat
365
McCain - Republican
173
Select from the list below to view state level results.

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