Obama now leads McCain by five (49-44) in today’s Gallup tracking poll, just released.

This is the fourth consecutive day that Obama has inched forward in voter preferences since the start of the Wall Street financial meltdown beginning with the announcement on Sunday, Sept. 14, that Lehman Brothers was headed for bankruptcy. The overall effect has been to shift the lead back to Obama after McCain had moved ahead following the Republican National Convention.

The trend:

Obama gets another percentage point.

Obama gets another percentage point.

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