The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll

Obama/Biden 48%
McCain/Palin 43%
Undec 6%

- Obama maintained his 5% lead from yesterday's release; he previously led 47-42% with 8% undec.

- The gender gap continues to work in Obama's favor. Among women, Obama holds a 17% lead, while McCain has an 8% lead among men. McCain, however, continues to gain among white men and now holds a 20% advantage.

- McCain now has a higher fav rating than Obama for the first time since 9/14. 57% of LVs view the GOP nominee favorably, while 56% view the Dem nominee favorably. Obama, however, has an 8% lead among those who hold "strongly favorable" views of the candidates. Both McCain and Obama have unfav ratings of 38%.

Today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll, conducted 10/20-22 by FD, surveyed 769 LVs and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%. Party ID Breakdown for the sample is 41%D, 38%R, 17%I.