October 12, 2008

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Welcome to another day in my weekend. I hope you are having a safe and great one also.

Of course any one that isn't hidden under a rock or lost on a deserted island knows we have a presidential election coming up in less than a month. Well the latest polls are out. Democrat Barack Obama has opened a 6-point lead over Republican rival John McCain in the U.S. presidential race, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Sunday.

Obama leads McCain by 49 percent to 43 percent among likely U.S. voters in the latest four-day tracking poll, his widest lead since the poll was started on Tuesday. It was up from a 4-point lead on Saturday. The poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

With just over three weeks to go before the November 4 election, the poll showed Obama gaining traction among independent voters who now back him by a 21-point margin.

Among women, another crucial group, the Illinois senator held a solid 12-point lead, while the two candidates were tied among male voters at 45 percent apiece.

Obama has widened his lead as weeks of economic turmoil shook financial markets, causing stock markets to plunge and fueling voter concern over pocketbook issues.

Young voters aged 18 to 29 backed Obama by a 20-point margin, and he also held a double-digit lead among those who reported they had registered to vote in the past six months.

McCain had a 10-point lead among white voters, while Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, won the support of 92 percent of black voters, one of the Democratic Party's most loyal constituencies.

Zogby said McCain, a former Navy pilot and Vietnam prisoner of war, appeared to be failing to connect with many voters on the issue of the economy, and a wave of attacks leveled against Obama by the McCain campaign also fell flat.

The rolling tracking poll surveyed 1,206 likely voters in the presidential election. In a tracking poll, the most recent day's results are added while the oldest day's results are dropped in an effort to track changing momentum.

Now there is still three weeks and one presidential debate left to go before the election so anything could still happen. I know who I am voting for? Do you? Drop me a line and let me know.

I also enjoyed watching college football yesterday and pro football today. You know if it is the weekend and I am not tied up doing events or meetings, I will be glued watching the pigskin. Florida ended up beating LSU 51 - 21. Tebow threw two touchdown passes to Percy Harvin and ran for a score, and No. 11 Florida thumped defending national champion LSU 51-21 at Florida Field. The fourth-ranked Tigers (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) had won six consecutive games, 19 in a row at night and 23 straight in regulation. Florida (5-1, 3-1) ended all those streaks with a fast start and some huge plays from Tebow, Harvin, Jeff Demps and Brandon Spikes.

The Gators also may have put to rest all those uneasy feelings about an inconsistent offense and a suspect defense. They enjoyed their best game of the season -- maybe their best game since beating Ohio State 41-14 in Arizona for the 2006 national title.

LSU, meanwhile, lost for the first time in regulation since falling 23-10 two years ago in Gainesville -- taking the worst beating of coach Les Miles' four-year career with the Tigers. They had three turnovers, a near interception that went for a touchdown and a costly face-mask penalty.

Penn State against Wisconsin was another great game. Daryll Clark threw for a touchdown and ran for two more scores, Derrick Williams ran a punt back for a touchdown and cornerback Lydell Sargeant had two interceptions off of two quarterbacks as the Nittany Lions (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) dismantled Wisconsin 48-7 Saturday night. It is Penn State's 11th 7-0 start and first since 1999.

And last but not least was the Georgia/Tennessee game. Now all my friends know I am a Tennessee fan but this year does not look like it is going to be a good one for the Volunteers. Georgia is back on track for another SEC title chase, and it's not too early to rule Tennessee out of the race. Matthew Stafford passed for a career-best 310 yards, Knowshon Moreno ran for 101 yards and No. 10 Georgia beat Tennessee 26-14 on Saturday, leaving the Volunteers 0-3 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 2000.

Today, the Jacksonville Jaguars surprisingly beat the Denver Broncos 24 - 17 at Denver. That puts the season for the Jaguars at 3 - 3. Not great but better than they were doing. Another interesting fact is Jacksonville is the only team to have won or lost all their games within seven points.

Well that's it for another weekend in my life. Time to get to bed soon for another busy week. I hope you made some time to do something special for yourself over the weekend.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab