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Opening Arguments

Dead heat

Yesterday was the last day to register and the first day to vote early. Registration is at an all-time high of more than 4.4 million -- nearly 70 percent of the state's 6.3 million residents. A new poll shows what the fuss is all about:

The numbers are even: 46 percent for Barack Obama and 46 percent for John McCain. Three percent named another candidate and just five percent are undecided.

Of course, that's with Obama spending enormous time, money and energy here and McCain's people barely bothering to show up, so this isn't going to turn into a real blue state, even if Obama wins. Early voting is going to set a record, too. I read somewhere that about 25 percent of voters nationwide will be likely to have already voted by the time Election Day actually gets here. I wonder if the polls from now on will take those folks into account. If the early voters are factored out, the polls should start showing a higher-than-usual percentage of undecideds, wouldn't you think?