Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush continues to lead the popular vote among the American electorate over his Democratic rival Al Gore,
according to the latest Portrait of America presidential polling survey.
The polling site's most recent three-day average, released Thursday, shows Bush still leading with 43.6 percent to Gore's 39.4 percent. With the exception of post-convention polling figures during the week of Aug. 20, Bush has consistently led Gore in POA's running presidential poll, though earlier this year
Bush led by larger margins.
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Meanwhile, other candidates' figures remain largely unchanged. The Green Party's Ralph Nader has 3.9 percent; Reform's Pat Buchanan has 1.5 percent; Libertarian Harry Browne has 0.6 percent; the Constitution Party's Howard Phillips has 0.3 percent; and the second Reform Party challenger, John Hagelin, is unregistered at 0.0 statistically.
Electoral College poll, POA is reporting that Bush's once-narrow lead of 207-198 over Gore immediately following Super Tuesday expanded to a much larger lead of 341-150 during the conventions. Up-to-date figures, however, are not yet available, analysts said, because new surveys are currently under way to see what the changes will be now that both conventions are over. POA said, however, that Gore is leading in the key states of California, New York and Florida.
Labor Day traditionally marks the beginning of the presidential campaign season.