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Another poll shows narrow lead for McCain in N.C.

A day after one survey showed Republican John McCain jumping to a 20-point lead in North Carolina, a poll released Wednesday showed the race much tighter.

Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning group, showed McCain leading Democrat Barack Obama 48 percent to 44 percent. It said McCain has benefited from undecided white voters moving his way. Also, 42 percent of those polled said McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate made them more likely to vote for him, compared with 32 percent who said the same for Obama's pick of Joe Biden.

Tuesday's poll showing a wider McCain lead was by SurveyUSA for a Raleigh TV station. Jim Morrill

S.C. Dem chair apologizes for her Palin remark

Carol Fowler, South Carolina's Democratic Party chairwoman, said Wednesday that Sarah Palin's top qualification seems to be not having had an abortion.

In an interview posted on Politico.com, Fowler said John McCain picked a running mate “whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion.”

Fowler later apologized, saying she made the statement during an interview about single-issue voters.

“I personally admire and respect the difficult choices that women make everyday, and I apologize to anyone who finds my comment offensive,” Fowler said in a statement.

Palin opposes abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said it was an outrage.

“I think it has more to do with the fact our Democratic colleagues and opponents are in a meltdown mode over Gov. Palin,” Graham said. He said Palin “has, I think, thrown our opponents for a loop in terms of how they engage the McCain-Palin ticket.” Associated Press

Obama: Ex-President Clinton will campaign for him

Barack Obama revealed Wednesday that former President Clinton will campaign for him leading up to Election Day.

“There's nobody smarter in politics,” Obama said on CBS's “Late Show with David Letterman.” “And he is going to be campaigning for us over the next eight weeks, which I'm thrilled by.”

Letterman asked Obama if he would consider Clinton for a Cabinet position if he wins. “I think if you are a former president, you don't take Cabinet positions,” Obama said to laughter from the audience. Associated Press

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