- The Washington Times - Monday, October 14, 2002

ST. LOUIS (AP) Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan is trailing former Republican Rep. Jim Talent in Missouri's closely watched Senate race, the latest poll shows.
The Zogby International poll of 800 likely voters, conducted Wednesday through Friday for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, shows Mr. Talent leading Mrs. Carnahan, 47 percent to 41 percent.
A Zogby poll last month showed 48 percent supported Mrs. Carnahan and 40 percent favored Mr. Talent.
The more recent survey had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. Last month's poll had an error margin of 4.5 percentage points.
Pollster John Zogby said the results reflect "a seismic shift" in voter sentiment.
The latest poll found that 52 percent thought it was "time for someone new" in the Senate. Only 40 percent said Mrs. Carnahan deserved to be elected to the final four years of the term.
Mr. Talent has gained the advantage among male voters, who preferred him by a 16-point margin. A month ago, men were almost evenly split between the candidates.
He has slashed Mrs. Carnahan's lead among women. Likely female voters were almost evenly split. Last month's poll showed Mrs. Carnahan with 16-point advantage among women.
Mr. Talent served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1992 to 1998 and was an unsuccessful Republican nominee for governor in 2000.


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