LENINISTS FOR McKINNEY; GILMORE REPAYS OWN LOAN; PLUS EIGHT NEW POLLS.
QUICK TAKES. P2008: The Workers World Party -- a Marxist-Leninst party -- has decided it will not field a Presidential ticket this year for the first time since 1980. Instead, the WWP is formally endorsing Green nominee Cynthia McKinney for President. In a written statement, the WWP described McKinney's campaign as "Black-led, anti-imperialist, working-class-centered and has a multinational radical base with the potential of unlimited growth." ... VIRGINIA: How committed is former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R) to his run for the open US Senate seat this year? Apparently, not as much as his supporters would have hoped. Although Gilmore is significantly lagging behind Mark Warner (D) in both the polls and fundraising, Gilmore used campaign contributions to repay himself the $50,000 loan he made to the campaign when he first jumped into the contest.
P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
ARKANSAS (Rasmussen): McCain - 47%, Obama - 37%.
CALIFORNIA (Field): Obama - 54%, McCain - 30%.
NEVADA (Rasmussen): Obama - 42%, McCain - 40%.
NEW JERSEY (Strategic Vision-R): Obama - 47%, McCain - 38%.
NORTH CAROLINA (Rasmussen): McCain - 45%, Obama - 42%.
WASHINGTON (SurveyUSA): Obama - 55%, McCain - 39%.
US SENATE. The latest independent polls for US Senate races.
LOUISIANA (Rasmussen): US Senator Mary Landrieu (D) - 49%, State Treasurer John Kennedy (R) - 44%.
GOVERNOR. The new independent polls for the gubernatorial contests.
WASHINGTON (SurveyUSA): Governor Christine Gregoire (D) - 49%, former State Senator Dino Rossi (R) - 46%, Other - 2%.