In a close contest, polling data interpreted by AP-Yahoo News suggest that Barack Obama could lose because of racial prejudice.
"There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there's only a few bigots," said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey.
The poll suggests that Obama's support would be as much as 6 percentage higher if there were not white racial prejudice.
Most blacks won't be surprised by the poll. Obama could wash the feet of lepers and some whites, like John Clouse, 57, who was quoted in the AP story, would still not vote for him. "We still don't like black people," Clouse told an AP reporter.
What's interesting is that Obama really isn't a black man. His mother was white. Apparently, no matter how often he talks about his white mother and white relatives, some whites aren't willing to look past his brown skin.
The number of whites who won't vote for Obama simply because he is black is probably a lot higher than the poll suggests because people have a difficult time owning up to their biases.