I’m finding Electoral-vote.com quite useful in building up a picture of the forthcoming US election. This guy is tracking the opinion polls on a state-by-state basis. This is better than looking at national polls, because (as we know) the President is elected by an Electoral College of representatives from each state, not by the popular vote.
It’s this system that allows the winner of election to (sometimes) be the loser of the popular vote – John Kennedy in 1960, for example. Sometimes, the Electoral College system can make a close election seem like a landslide.
Mind you, I’m still highly sceptical about these figures showing a large lead for Obama.
If you scroll down on the page, there are also useful news snippets.
Also, here’s a link to the Rolling Stone magazine cover story about John McCain,