The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll

Obama/Biden: 49%
McCain/Palin: 42%
Undec 6%

----In the battleground states (CO, OH, MI, NH, NM, FL, VA, WI, NV), Obama has a 17 pt. lead - 54-37%.

--The number of early/absentee voters continues to tick up. These voters now make up 17% of the LV sample.

--McCain leads among men by 3 pts. (47-44%), but trails Obama among women voters by 16 pts. (37-53%).

--Among white women, the two candidates are essentially tied with McCain at 45% and Obama at 46%.

Today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll, conducted 10/26-28 by FD, surveyed 870 LVs and has a margin of error of +/- 3.3%. Party ID Breakdown for the sample is 41%D, 36%R, 18%I.