The Race in Key Places

An exclusive TIME poll shows Clinton well ahead of Bush in the battleground suburban counties where the election will be won or lost

GEORGE BUSH IS A CREATURE OF the suburbs. He was born in a residential enclave south of Boston, reared in a leafy bedroom community north of New York City and made his first leap into politics in the 1960s from the fast-growing neighborhoods northwest of Houston. In 1988 he ran hard for the suburban vote and won most of it. As his longtime pollster Robert Teeter once put it, "Without the suburbs, we wouldn't have won."

But many of the same regions that pushed Bush over the top four years ago are far cooler to his candidacy today. A TIME poll...

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