The 'Mushy Middle' Is Tricky Ground for Both Obama, McCain

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Washington (AP) With their parties' nominations secured, democrat Barack Obama and republican John McCain are courting those elusive voters in “the middle.”

Both candidates know that in presidential politics, “the middle” means victory. That's why both are trying to become the candidate of choice for millions whose votes are up for grabs.

A new AP-Yahoo news poll finds that some 15 percent of those surveyed regard themselves as moderates, not solidly supporting either candidate. And more than half of those in the mushy middle are independents.

In the AP-Yahoo poll, 39 percent call themselves Democrats while 29 percent say they're Republicans. That leaves 32 percent who are independents.

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