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Poll: Michigan too close to call

Likely fate of proposed gay marriage ban also unclear

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(CNN) -- The race between Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry and President Bush is too close to call in the battleground state of Michigan, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Tuesday evening.

Among likely voters surveyed, Kerry was the choice of 50 percent, with 44 percent for Bush and 1 percent for independent Ralph Nader. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Among registered voters, Kerry was at 50 percent, Bush at 43 percent and Nader still at 1 percent.

The poll also found that the outcome of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay and lesbian marriage is too close to be determined.

Among likely voters, 51 percent said they would vote against such a ban, while just 45 percent said they would support it. Among registered voters, 51 percent were opposed and 44 percent said they would support it, the poll found.

Michigan is one of a dozen states where opponents of same-sex marriage have put constitutional amendments on the November ballot to prevent the possibility of gay marriages.

A same-sex marriage ban passed in August in Missouri, another presidential battleground state, with 71 percent of the vote.

Both Bush and Kerry have said they oppose same-sex marriage but would support states establishing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Bush supports a federal constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, which Kerry opposes.

However, the Democratic nominee has expressed support for an amendment banning same-sex marriage in his home state of Massachusetts, which in May became the first jurisdiction in the nation to allow gay men and lesbians to marry.

And after the vote in Missouri, Kerry also said he would have supported the amendment if he had been a voter in there.

Michigan, with 17 electoral votes, went in the Democratic column four years ago, with Al Gore beating Bush by 5 points.

Both campaigns have targeted the state in this year's campaign.

Sen. John Kerry and President Bush are running too close to call in the battleground state of Michigan, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll says.

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