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US election at-a-glance: 6 Oct

DAY IN A NUTSHELL

After a weekend in which the McCain campaign launched attacks on Barack Obama's links to an ex-member of the US-based militant group Weather Underground, Bill Ayers, the Obama campaign targets John McCain for his role in the 1980s Keating Five financial scandal.

KEY QUOTES

"I pointed out that Obama surely had a closer connection to the Rev Jeremiah Wright than to Ayers - and so, I asked, if Ayers is a legitimate issue, what about Reverend Wright?."
William Kristol of the New York Times, helpfully makes a few campaigning suggestions to Sarah Palin, during his interview with her

I was a little surprised over the last couple of days to hear... Senator McCain's campaign say, that we want to turn the page on the discussion of the economy
Barack Obama

"Palin should drop the braying attacks on Obama's aging hippie bomber pals and start connecting to her cherished hockey moms on the one issue they are actually worried about; a quickly slowing economy."
Former McCain adviser Mike Murphy has some advice for his former boss

"Rather than answer his critics, Senator Obama will try to distract you from noticing that he never answers the serious and legitimate questions he has been asked."
John McCain

"I was a little surprised over the last couple of days to hear... Senator McCain's campaign say, that we want to turn the page on the discussion of the economy and a member of Senator McCain's campaign saying today that if we keep talking about the economic crisis we lose. I've got news for the McCain campaign, the American people are losing right now."
Barack Obama

"The story of McCain and Keating is not guilt by association; it's guilt by guilt."
Ben Smith, Politico

NUMBER NEWS

Barack Obama's leads in the daily tracking polls continue to grow, with Gallup and Rasmussen both putting him ahead by eight points, and Research 2000 putting up by 12 points.

A number of state polls also provided positive news for the Illinois senator.

An Albuquerque Journal poll in New Mexico gives him a five point lead; a Survey USA poll gives him a 13-point lead in new Hampshire and a PPP poll puts him six points ahead in North Carolina.

Plus, two Virginia polls give him double-digit leads there: Suffolk University has him 12 points ahead, while Survey USA has him 10 points in the lead.

John McCain retains his lead in Georgia, where Research 2000 put him ahead by seven points.

DAILY PICTURE
Joe Lieberman and Sarah Palin
Senator Joe Lieberman, who was Democrat Al Gore's running mate in 2000, is supporting John McCain - and his running-mate Sarah Palin - this time round.




Electoral College votes

Winning post 270
Obama - Democrat
365
McCain - Republican
173
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