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Today’s Polls, 5/17

In New Mexico, Rasmussen has Barack Obama leading John McCain by 9 points, and Hillary Clinton leading him by 6.

This is the kind of purple-state result that Obama will need more of if he’s going to improve on his electoral math. It also underscores that while Hispanics might not quite be the strength for Obama that they are for Hillary Clinton, they are nevertheless an electoral asset for him, and quite probably more of an asset for him than they were for John Kerry.

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Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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