New York is always a safe state for Democrats in a presidential election and it certainly should have been this year since Hillary Clinton should have brought over all of her supporters but it looks like that is not the case.

According to a new poll in Newsday released today the race for the White House is a statistical dead heat between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, leads Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee, 46 percent to 41 percent in a survey of 626 registered voters conducted by the Siena Research Institute in upstate Loudonville, NY. The survey, conducted last week, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

“Although New York has long been regarded as a ‘safe’ state for Democrats in presidential politics, likely voters in the Empire State are currently only giving Senator Obama a five-point cushion,” said pollster Steven Greenberg. “The conventions are over. The running mates are set. And as voters begin to focus on the race, New York’s overwhelming Democratic enrollment advantage is not reflected in how voters tell Siena they plan to vote.”

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