Presidential poll: Race tightens in final weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new poll suggests that Barack Obama and John McCain are running a close race.

The Associated Press-GfK poll shows the two almost even among likely voters. It suggests that Obama leads McCain 44 to 43 percent among likely voters surveyed. Three weeks ago, the poll gave Obama a seven-point lead.

The numbers seem to support what some Republicans and Democrats privately have said in recent days, but differ widely from other recent national polls.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed Obama up by 9 percentage points, while a poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center had Obama leading by 14. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, among the broader category of people registered to vote, found Obama ahead by 10 points.

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