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If you wonder why McCain is pressing the gas on the smear train.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 52% of the vote while John McCain earns 44%. This is the highest level of support ever recorded for Obama and is his largest lead of the year. It also continues a remarkable twenty-five days in a row where the Democrat’s support has never declined by even a single point.

I should also point out here that the vice presidential debate hasn't moved the momentum of the race away from Sen. Obama, and even with the stars Sarah Palin shot into the eyes of conservatives, it may have helped him a bit - especially from women who are not Palin fans.