WASHINGTON — Barack Obama leads John McCain nationally by 50-42 percent heading into the final hours of the 2008 presidential campaign, according to an Ipsos/McClatchy Poll released Monday.
The poll, taken through Sunday, found 1 percent of likely voters supporting independent candidate Ralph Nader and 7 percent still undecided.
When the undecided voters were pushed to choose a candidate based on their views on the issues, they split almost evenly, with a slight edge to McCain. With all likely voters allocated to candidates, Obama led 53-46 percent, with 1 percent still for Nader.
If Obama were able to match that Tuesday, it would mark the first time that a Democrat has topped 50 percent in a national election since Jimmy Carter won 50.1 percent of the popular vote in 1976.
The results were in line with other public polls conducted into the final weekend of the campaign. An average of public polls maintained by RealClearPolitics showed Obama leading nationally by 51.2 to to 44.2 percent.