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ROUND 1 2 3 4 ISSUE Chances of Winning Psychological Warfare Image News Coverage ACTION Key state polls showing John McCain close or ahead--and one widely discussed national poll suggesting he leads among likely voters--busted up insiders' perception that Barack Obama is cruising toward an easy November victory. Now the Republicans hope the public adopts the same revised attitude. Underdogs still need to be seen as plausible winners to draw undecided voters their way. As the political strategist Bill Clinton has pointed out, the key to winning any close...

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