That's 18 in a row for Obama

The last 18 national or battleground state polls show the Democrat leading.

By Thomas Schaller

Published October 2, 2008 4:12PM (EDT)

Courtesy of the ever-vigilant folks over at RealClearPolitics, we now see that Barack Obama has led in the past 18 consecutive national or battleground state polls, with many of those leads beyond the margin of error. Overall, across the 10 most recent, his average margin is 5.7 points.

Meanwhile, as an update to Alex Koppelman's post Wednesday reporting Quinnipiac's state-level leads for Obama in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, late Wednesday night came new results showing movement toward Obama in Minnesota (+11), Missouri (+1), Nevada (+4) and Virginia (+9) -- plus further confirmation about Florida (+4).

Is it any wonder Florida Republicans have officially gone into meltdown mode? Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris will not be able to save them this time around, folks.

Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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