The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll

Obama/Biden 50%
McCain/Palin 43%
Undec 5%

- Obama gained 2% since the previous Diageo/Hotline tracking poll and McCain stayed flat, giving the Dem nominee a 7% overall lead.

- McCain's 8% advantage among men from Thurs.'s release has nearly vanished today; the AZ Sen. now leads men 47-46%. Meanwhile Obama's lead among women remained essentially the same, moving from 17% to 16%.

- Obama leads battleground LVs -- those in CO, FL, MI, NH, NM, NV, OH, PA, VA and WI -- 51-40%. One week ago, in the survey completed 10/16, he led these swing-state voters 54-35%.

Today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll, conducted 10/21-23 by FD, surveyed 766 LVs and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%. Party ID Breakdown for the sample is 41%D, 37%R, 18%I.