The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll

Obama/Biden: 50%
McCain/Palin: 42%
Undec: 5%

--For the first time ever McCain and Obama are tied on the question of who's more prepared to lead. A week ago (10/20), McCain was ahead on this question by 8 pts.

--Congressional Democrats have expanded their lead over Republicans on the generic ballot question, with Democrats now up by 10 pts. 47-37%. On 10/20, Democrats had a 5 pt. lead.

--The number of voters who say they've cast early ballots continues to rise with 15% of the sample now saying they have already voted.

Today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll, conducted 10/24-26 by FD, surveyed 879 LVs and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%. Party ID Breakdown for the sample is 41%D, 37%R, 18%I.