Tracking poll: Dead heat remains
Bush, Gore exactly even
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CNN/USA Today/Gallup tracking poll for Thursday reveals a dead-even presidential race, with Republican nominee Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Democratic nominee Vice President Al Gore exactly tied.
Today's tracking poll results, taken from interviews with 640 likely voters conducted September 25-27, show Bush and Gore both winning support from 46 percent of all likely voters, with Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan in single digits.
The results are not significantly different from yesterday's 46 percent to 44 percent results; the race went from a virtual tie to an actual tie with a miniscule shift of just 2 percentage points. Taking a look at the bigger picture, we see a neck-and-neck race for nearly a week with both candidates' support hovering in the mid-40s.
It's also worth noting that Bush has not lost any support in the past few days, so it is incorrect to portray today's numbers as an indication that Bush is slipping. Gore has gained two points to deadlock the race at 46 percent each, but a two-point gain is not nearly enough so far to indicate that Gore has momentum. Bottom line: it's still a tight race with no clear advantage to either candidate.
CNN will be releasing the results on its tracking polls every day until the November 7 elections. The polls monitor public opinion of the presidential race over intervals of two to three days.
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