Politics & Government

June 4, 2008

Obama, McCain are a study in contrasts in an unusual year

The John McCain-Barack Obama election looks like one of the clearest choices in years, but history also shows that presidential contests rarely unfold along logical paths. Decisions often are driven by passion about an issue or an image that's been burned into voters' minds. Events favor Obama, yet polls have had them in a virtual tie for the past week.

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