The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll

Obama/Biden 47%
McCain/Palin 42%
Undec 8%

- McCain now leads men by 8% -- his largest lead among them in more than a month. In the survey completed 9/19, McCain also led men by 8%.

- Enthusiasm continues to grow among supporters of the GOP ticket. 54% of McCain voters now say they are enthusiastically supporting the AZ Sen., up from 45% one week ago (in the survey completed 10/14). Among Obama supporters, enthusiasm has also climbed, 4% to 69%.

- McCain now carries only 20% of Bush disapprovers; a week ago, he pulled 24% of these McCain Mavericks. Look for more on this Keys To The White House group in today's Latest Edition.

Today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll, conducted 10/19-21 by FD, surveyed 782 LVs and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%. Party ID Breakdown for the sample is 41%D, 38%R, 17%I.