The Washington Times - June 18, 2008, 09:09AM

Sen. John McCain is winning over a large chunk of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s supporters in three key big states, but it’s still not enough to help him top Sen. Barack Obama.

A new Quinnipiac University poll of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida finds McCain winning 25 percent of Clinton supporters in Ohio, 24 percent in Pennsylvania and 19 percent in Florida. But Obama leads McCain by 4 percentage points in Florida, 6 points in Ohio and a whopping 12 points in Pennsylvania.

McCain’s age seems to affect his support, about twice as much as Obama’s race affects his. And only in Florida is McCain competitive with Obama on important measures such as favorability rating.

Contrary to the pundits’ conclusions, the pollsters said McCain’s stance on the war isn’t hurting him. While voters may disagree about the reasons for going to war, they are split on what to do now, meaning McCain at least has an even playing field on national security.

Stephen Dinan, national political correspondent, The Washington Times