It will be close. Isn't it always?
A nationwide Newsweek poll in late May: Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, tied at 46 percent each. Last week's Gallup poll — McCain up by 1. Rasmussen? Obama at plus 2.
"A landslide in presidential politics is 52-48," Republican consultant Jeff Roe says.
Barring a major foul-up, operatives in both parties say, a 2008 landslide isn’t likely.
And that means strategists are already busy, combing through maps, budgets, polls and memos, looking for the combination of states that unlocks the front door to the White House.
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