LA Times Poll: Bush, Kerry Running About Even in Wisconsin

A Los Angeles Times poll shows President Bush and Senator John Kerry are running about even in Missouri and Wisconsin, and it shows Bush ahead in Ohio, but only slightly.

The three hotly contested Midwestern states could decide the 2004 election.

The poll shows Bush slightly ahead in each state, but in Missouri and Wisconsin, the president's lead fell within the polls' sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

The dead-heat results were similar to those found in a national poll the Times released earlier Thursday.

Bush won Missouri and Ohio in 2000, and narrowly lost Wisconsin.

The Times says Bush is drawing support from virtually all voters who back his policies, but Kerry's only getting about 80 percent of voters in the states who say they want a new direction for the country.