I've been hoping that Obama would take Hillary out in the primaries, but I may need to reconsider that. I think Hillary would actually be easier to beat in a general election, because of the large negative turnout she would provoke.
Several new polls of the three most likely candidates to appear in the November presidential elections show John McCain ahead of Hillary Clinton, but trailing Barack Obama. McCain appears to be the likely nominee while Obama and Clinton are in a close race for the right to represent Democrats.
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports of registered voters nationwide shows McCain running three points ahead of Clinton, 46 to 43 percent, with 11 percent undecided.
However, he trails Obama by a 44 to 41 percent margin with 15 percent of Americans undecided.
McCain held a lead over Obama during the latter part of January but Obama's surge nationally and against Clinton in the Democratic race has helped his standing in comparison with the Arizona senator.
Six of the last seven national polls show Obama ahead with just one showing McCain with a one percent lead over his Illinois colleague.
A new Time survey has Obama ahead seven points 48 to 41, CNN has Obama leading by 8 with a 52-44 percent advantage and a Cook/RT Strategies poll has Obama ahead two percent 45 to 43.
On the other hand, McCain has a lead in five of the last surveys against Clinton with one from Time showing the two candidates tied at 46 percent apiece and the CNN survey having Clinton ahead by three percent.