Obama keeps everyone guessing

Despite reports that he would announce his running mate by text and e-mail messages early Wednesday morning, Obama’s camp has remained mum.

Going into the final days, Obama was said to be focused mainly on three candidates: Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia and Senator Joseph Biden Jr. of Delaware. Yesterday Senator Biden came forward and announced that he will not be on the ticket with Obama.

In a twist that goes against recent history, there are signs that Obama may wait to announce his choice until this weekend or just before in hopes of providing a big boost before the convention opens Monday in Denver.

Obama may need that boost more than he initially realized. Following a month of attacks by McCain, who has questioned Obama's experience, criticized his opposition to most new offshore oil drilling and mocked his overseas trip, a Reuters/Zogby poll released today shows that McCain has opened a 5-point lead on Obama in the U.S. presidential race and is seen as a stronger manager of the economy.

McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama's solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll.

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