Monmouth/Gannett poll: Obama leads by 17 points in N.J.

Barack Obama has a 17-point lead over John McCain in New Jersey, 55%-38% among likely voters, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll released this morning. Obama had an 8-point lead in the same poll last month.

“We have reached the tipping point in this race, with nearly half of the state’s voters saying they are very sure they will vote for Obama,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, who few Obama voters daid hey were willing to change their minds before Election Day. “At this point, it would take an October surprise of astronomical proportions to turn New Jersey from blue to red.”

Monmouth/Gannett poll: Obama leads by 17 points in N.J.