AOL map: Bush leads all 50 states

By Joe Kovacs

In the hours after accepting the Republican nomination for another four years in the White House, President Bush’s popularity skyrocketed in the America Online straw poll, as he led in all 50 states.

As of 2 a.m. Eastern Time this morning, Democrat John Kerry was ahead only in the District of Columbia, carrying just three electoral votes, while Bush covered the entire rest of the U.S. map, collecting 535 electoral votes. A total of 270 electoral votes is needed to win the White House.

AOL’s poll is an unscientific survey in which AOL members are allowed to cast one vote per month, and it saw heavy voting this morning in the wake of the culmination of the GOP convention in New York.

In fact, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. this morning, more than 26,000 votes were cast, bringing the total to 102,164 ballots since Sept. 1.

Bush’s lead in AOL’s popular vote stood at 63-36 percent over Kerry, with Ralph Nader collecting one percent.

Meanwhile, two scientific polls show Bush ahead even before his acceptance speech.

The Rasmussen Reports Presidential Tracking Poll had Bush leading 49-46 percent, the first time Bush reached the 49 percent mark since Kerry wrapped up the Democratic nomination March 2. It’s also the first time the president has been up by four points since April 26.

And a new Zogby America poll taken through the entire GOP convention shows Bush with a two point lead at 46-44 percent.

“The president has had a very good convention following a good week where he also dominated the news with his own message: leadership, strength, decisiveness,” said pollster John Zogby. “Not only has he dominated the news but he also has thrown Kerry off his game.”

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