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In global vote, McCain would lose – but not in Georgia

In a Gallup poll released Tuesday, respondents preferred the Democratic candidate, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, by a margin of 4 to 1.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, left, listened as Georgia President Mikhail Saakashvili spoke during a meeting in New York on July 24, 2008. Georgians have long supported President Bush, making McCain’s foreign policy, especially his support of their bid to join NATO, attractive.

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If the world could vote in the US presidential election, only 8 percent of the global population would choose the Republican candidate, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, according to a Gallup poll of 70 nations released Tuesday. The international popular vote preferred the Democratic candidate, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, by a margin of 4 to 1.

Senator McCain’s low standing abroad is echoed in an online global election being conducted by the Economist magazine, where McCain has carried only three nations: Georgia, Macedonia, and Cuba. He has managed a tie in Moldova.

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