AP Ananlysis: Obama Leads, but 8 States Hold Keys Including Nevada

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nevada is living up to its name as a swing state in the presidential election.

A new analysis by The Associated Press shows Nevada is one of eight states in the country that is a true tossup with a little more than a month to go Election Day.

The numbers show Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain in the state-by-state race to 270 electoral votes and the White House.

But Nevada and seven other states with a decisive 109 votes are still up for grabs.

Nevada's five electoral votes were key to President Bush's re-election in 2004. In addition to the Silver state, the other undecides are Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Virginia.

The AP analysis is based on public and private polls, television spending and interviews with strategists in both parties.

It shows Obama has 18 states and the District of Columbia in his column or leaning his way worth 229 electoral votes. McCain has 24
states with 200 votes.

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