A new poll conducted by Montana State University-Billings shows Barack Obama leading John McCain in the state by a 44 percent to 40 percent margin. Both candidates did well among their party's base but Obama had an edge among independents, the poll found. Respondents widely said they thought McCain had run a more negative campaign while Obama held an edge on economic issues, the AP notes. The poll found that 70 percent of those polled though it was either somewhat or very likely that the U.S. will experience an economic depression.
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