Why It's So Close

At least there's no debating this: with roughly two weeks to go until the election, the presidential race is again locked in a virtual dead heat, according to a new TIME survey of likely voters. The narrow split-- President George W. Bush leads Senator John Kerry by a statistically insignificant margin of 2 points, 48% to 46%, with Ralph Nader pulling in a solid 3%--can be seen across almost every measure in the survey.

Voters prefer Bush over his opponent for handling Iraq and the war on terrorism, but they favor Kerry when it comes to health care, the economy and understanding the needs...

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