WASHINGTON -- Al Gore holds a 10-point lead over George W. Bush in a national presidential poll of registered voters out Friday. Other polls show a double-digit lead in Vermont and an edge in Iowa.
The new polls continue a full week of Gore gains in the race, including battleground states. The latest poll results came out as Republicans launched a TV ad campaign, appearing in key states, that sharply criticizes Gore's credibility.
More national polls will come out next week that will give a clearer picture of the race.
In the national Newsweek poll, Democrat Gore had 49 percent, Republican Bush had 39 percent, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader had 3 percent and Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan had 1 percent. The two leading candidates were in a dead heat a week ago in this poll.
"We've said all along this will be a close race and polls during this time period will be all over the map," said Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett.
In an Iowa Poll sponsored by the Des Moines Register, Gore led Bush 45 percent to 37 percent, after trailing there earlier in the year. Democrats have won Iowa and its 7 electoral votes in the last three presidential elections.
In the Vermont poll by Mason Dixon, Gore led Bush 49 percent to 36 percent. He led Bush by similar margins in earlier Vermont polls.
The Newsweek poll of 755 registered voters was taken Wednesday and Thursday.
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