Obama leads McCain by 8 points in new Monmouth University/Gannett poll

Barack Obama leads John McCain in New Jersey by eight percentage points, 49%-41%, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today.

“McCain has made some gains in New Jersey, which should not really be a surprise to anyone who has followed election polling in this state,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Republican candidates often see some positive movement in September polling, but have had problems maintaining that momentum. Only once in the past ten years – the 2000 U.S. Senate race – has the Republican candidate continued to narrow the gap through election day. We’ll have to wait and see if this is really a trend.”

Obama has a 60%-23% favorable rating, while McCain is at 49%-34%.

Three other independent polls released over the last week show the contest for New Jersey's fifteen electoral votes tightening. In a July Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll, Obama had a fourteen point lead.

Obama leads McCain by 8 points in new Monmouth University/Gannett poll