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Zogby/Herald poll gives Obama ample lead in South Florida

Democrat Barack Obama may not have campaigned much in South Florida but a new Miami Herald polls shows he's competitive here -- beating Republican John McCain comfortably and has a slight edge among Hispanics.

Obama is ahead 46-30 percent over McCain in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in the survey of 807 people conducted by Zogby International. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

"Obama's 16-point lead in South Florida could springboard him to make it a competitive race statewide," said pollster John Zogby. "I really think Florida is in play."

About 24 percent of South Floridians favors another candidate or haven't made up their minds -- a large group that could tip the race in the coming months.

Obama was perceived as being behind in Florida because he did not campaign in the state for nine months and lost the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton. But two statewide polls released last week showed him with a narrow edge over McCain. The Zogby poll was conducted June 18-20, just as Obama's first television ads in South Florida went on the air. Read full story here.