Obama up by 2, Hagan trouncing Dole in new PPP poll

The latest Public Policy Polling poll has Barack Obama over John McCain 47-45 – his first lead in the race.
Meanwhile, Kay Hagan appears to be increasing her lead over Elizabeth Dole 46-38.

Update: I missed a previous poll (which is dumb because I get Rasmussen via email every durn day), which had Obama up as well. h/t to alert reader RTB.
Barr’s three-percent is looking like a serious factor in a close NC race.
He’s got a lot of support in those western mountain counties, which are closer to Georgia than Alaska is to Putin’s rearing head. Or something.

Wachovia eated by Citi

Via Marketwatch:

Citigroup Inc. will acquire the banking operations of Wachovia Corp. , the troubled Charlotte, N.C.-based bank, according to a press release from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Monday morning. Citi will acquire “the bulk of Wachovia’s assets and liabilities,” the FDIC statement said.

This is not good news for Dole

Via Taegan Goddard:

facing a very tough re-election fight against Kay Hagan (D) — is now under fire for spending very little time in North Carolina over the last few years.

How little? According to Media General, just 20 days in 2005 and 13 in 2006.
To quote BooBoo. “The ranger’s not going to like this Yogi.”
Commercials about it coming in 3…2…1…

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Obama in Charlotte

With the race in NC tightening, Obama visits Charlotte to make his case.
Huff
CNNTicker
On the bailout, he lays out a number of cautions including no blank check, no taxpayer-financed bonuses for CEOs and a plan that “can’t just be a plan for Wall Street, it has to be a plan for Main Street.”
He also got deeper into details of health care and the tax plans than you’d expect for a stump speech.

PPP crosstabs in NC pres

Interesting thing to note in the crosstabs on the latest Public Policy Polling results:
Bob Barr is running at 8 percent in the 828 area code (western mountains) and 7 percent in 910 (coastal plain). These are McCain’s strongest regions with a lot of military and retired military voters in 910 and Christian conservatives in 828. If Barr’s strength in those regions pulls even half that, a huge turnout in the Piedmont could turn the state.
Other crosstabs spell trouble for Dole, who seems to have third party troubles as well.

PPP poll: Tie in NC pres

Obama/McCain tied at 46 percent. Hagan ahead of Dole.
Via Public Policy Polling:

Concern over economy pushes Obama into NC tie
Raleigh, N.C. — With concern over the economy at an all time high, Barack Obama has pulled into a tie with John McCain in North Carolina for the first time in a Public Policy Polling survey. Each candidate has 46%, with Libertarian Bob Barr picking up 5%.
There isn’t much doubt what’s driving this increased level of competitiveness. The numbers of voters in the state listing the economy as their biggest issue has hovered around 50% for most of the year but with the increased turmoil in the last week that number has now jumped to 58%. Barack Obama has a 24 point lead with those voters.
“The more voters are concerned about the economy instead of things like immigration, taxes, and social issues the better Democrats are going to do in North Carolina,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “That’s the direction the election is headed right now and if it remains on that course the state is going to be extremely competitive.”
National polls have shown Barack Obama gaining anywhere from 3 to 9 points in the last week so this 4 point shift in Obama’s direction since last week in North Carolina fits into that framework.
In the state’s Senate race, Kay Hagan is out to her biggest lead yet. She now leads 46-41 over Elizabeth Dole. The economy is driving her success as well. She has a 57-30 among voters who state it as their top concern.
PPP will release polls in New Mexico and Colorado this week, as well as new numbers in North Carolina’s gubernatorial race.
PPP surveyed 1,060 likely voters from September 17th to 19th. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.0%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.

As we have done

Mr. Orange Satan himself has a post with a quote from John McCain on health care from this month’s issue of Contingencies, the trde pub of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.

I thought McCain said Obama deregulated the banking industry during his free time as a community organizer or something.
This is so confusing.
LA Times:

McCain repeatedly questioned Obama’s ethics and accused him of putting his own interest ahead of the nation’s. And he issued dire warnings about the consequences of supporting the Democratic nominee. “A vote for Barack Obama will leave this country at risk during one of the most severe challenges to America’s economy since the Great Depression,” McCain told thousands of supporters at a rally in Blaine, Minn.

Obama, who has also grown increasingly combative, fired back at a rally in a sports arena in Coral Gables, Fla.

“This is a guy who spent nearly three decades in Washington, and after spending the entire campaign saying I haven’t been in Washington long enough, he apparently now is willing to assign me responsibility for all of Washington’s failures,” Obama said.

“I think it’s pretty clear that Sen. McCain’s a little panicked right now.”

ya think?