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Poll: Obama By 7 In Ohio

Update 6:15pm: Consider this poll with Nate Silver's qualms in mind.

It's Obama 49-42 over McCain according to a new Columbus Dispatch poll of 2262 likely Ohio voters with just a two-point margin of error. (The poll covers 9/24-10/2 and thus doesn't reflect the Biden-Palin debate.)

Falling far behind in Ohio is a nightmare scenario for McCain; he almost surely can't win without it.

And remember, absentee early voting has already started there.

P.S. Obama's support among African-Americans: 94-2.

Update: I had thought this was Obama's best showing in Ohio, but I forgot that Quinnipiac showed him +8 here last week. The RCP spread is Obama +3.

--Michael Crowley