In Oct. 30-Nov. 5 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
JAMESTOWN — With less than a week until the general election, Russell County voters are gearing up for one of the most highly anticipated presidential elections in recent memory.
When voters in this county, and nationwide, go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4 they will select the next president, either Sen. Barack Obama, a Democrat from Illinois, or Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona.
In a news conference early this week, Secretary of State Trey Grayson said between 65 to 70 percent of this state's registered voters are expected out Election Day.
Also, a state poll conducted late last week by Lexington media outlets the Lexington Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV, a CBS affiliate, confirmed McCain's solid lead in the Bluegrass state, showing 55 percent of likely voters favored the Arizona Republican and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin compared to 39 percent favoring the Illinois Democrat and his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden with the remaining percentage points being undecided voters.
The struggling economy also remains at the forefront of issues on Kentucky voters minds, polling shows.
In that poll, the McCain-Palin ticket would receive votes from 59 percent of Kentucky men and 51 percent of women. The Obama-Biden ticket would pick up 37 percent of the male vote and 41 percent of the female vote.
In the African-American vote, nine of every 10 African-Americans would vote for Obama, the poll shows, while 62 percent of the state's white voters would vote for McCain, Obama would get 32 percent.
The third Congressional district, which is comprised of the Louisville metro area, is the only area of Kentucky where Obama leads McCain.
Most polls by larger media outlets are pointing toward an uphill climb for McCain in the campaign's final week, despite a marginal lead over Obama in Kentucky.
Obama seems to be clinging to a narrow lead in the battleground states of Ohio, Missouri, Florida, Nevada and Virginia, according to numerous media polls. McCain is hanging onto his lead in both Indiana and West Virginia, according to those same numbers.
Obama holds a four point advantage, 50 percent to 46 percent, just to our north, in Ohio. The Buckeye state is a crucial state for Republicans if McCain wants to find the White House.
To our west, Missouri is also being looked at as a key state for McCain to win. Voters in that state voted for President Bush in both 2000 and 2004 but Obama currently holds a one point lead on McCain, according to media polls.
To our south, Obama continues to cling to a two point lead in Florida, 48 percent to 46 percent, according to Florida media polls.
Out west, Obama is steadily holding onto a four percentage point lead, 49 to 45, in Nevada.
To our east, Obama is holding a five point lead, 50 to 45, over McCain in Virginia, a state that hasn't cast its lots with the Democratic candidate in more than 40 years.
McCain currently hold a point lead in Indiana and an eight point lead in West Virginia, both states that border Kentucky.
There is no doubt that the McCain-Palin campaign will be targeting these key states in the coming days if he is to have a strong showing on Election Day.
Whether or not the lesser-knowns running for president, Independent party candidate Ralph Nader, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin and Libertarian party candidate Bob Barr, will make any kind of difference in the way the election shakes out is highly doubtful, but remains to be seen. Chances are if one does, though, it will be perennial candidate Nader.