Gore, Bush: Statistical Tie in Mo.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Al Gore has caught George W. Bush in Missouri, says a new poll taken after the political conventions. Bush had led in the battleground state for much of the year.
Democrat Gore had 45 percent to 41 percent for Republican Bush in the poll, published in The Kansas City Star. Gore jumped from an 11-point deficit in early July to the new result, which was within the poll’s 4 percentage point margin of error.
The Mason-Dixon poll of 621 likely voters was conducted Thursday and Friday. Green Party nominee Ralph Nader had 2 percent, while Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan was at 1 percent.
Gore made the most progress among women. Women now back Gore by 53 percent to 35 percent in Missouri. In July, Bush led among women 44 percent to 41 percent. Bush led by 10 points among men, although the spread has decreased from the earlier 19 points.
An earlier Mason-Dixon poll conducted for The Star from July 6 to July 10 before the two major parties’ political conventions showed Bush up 48 percent to 37 percent. Gore has made progress in numerous key states in the state-by-state battle for electoral votes.
In the most recent poll, nearly half of Gore’s supporters _ 47 percent _ said the convention made them more enthusiastic about their candidate. Twenty-six percent of Bush’s backers said they were more excited after the GOP convention.