Like most polls, there's a common-sense aspect to these numbers. In the midst of an unpopular war and six years of Republican rule, it's not surprising that voters would be looking at other options. And, like every poll you'll see in the next six months, there's a caveat — we have a long way to go in this race. Still, there are some other interesting nuggets:
Not Playing Chicken: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has one of the most impressive resumes in the Democratic presidential field: statehouse experience, a former Cabinet member, former ambassador to the United Nations and so on. Yesterday, he added another notch to his record when he signed a bill banning cock-fighting in his state.
Richardson's brave stance makes Louisiana the only state in which watching two male chickens fight, often to the death, is considered a legal activity. And Richardson had a warning for any would-be-outlaws in his state. "Don't do it, because now we have a law and we're going to enforce it," the governor said, according to The Associated Press.
Watch out cockfighters: There's a new sheriff in town.
Old School: Texas Rep. Ron Paul threw his hat into the Republican presidential contest yesterday, not with a trendy Internet announcement, but during a guest appearance on C-SPAN. Thanks in great part to Lyndon Johnson, Texas allows candidates to run for higher office while also seeking re-election — just in case that whole presidential thing doesn't work out. The libertarian-Republican is one of a handful within his own party to have voted against the Iraq War.
Talk About A Frontrunner Strategy: In 2000, John McCain's "Straight Talk Express" was the embodiment of an insurgent campaign, and the "maverick" reveled in sticking his finger in the eyes of Republican kingmakers. This time around the presidential track, McCain is in many ways seen as the front-runner and the establishment candidate.
Perhaps the front-runner mentality expands to more than the campaign.
McCain's Web site is offering supporters a chance to match bracketology wits with the senator for the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament. You too can make your picks (for fun) in the field of 64 teams that will start on the road to the Final Four this week
Senator McCain's bracket is there for all to see (registration required), and we can unveil his final four choices; Kansas, Florida, Ohio State and North Carolina. No special interest pandering here but all have one thing in common: They are the four top-seeded teams in the tournament. Wise picks or wishfully hoping this is the year of the favorite?
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