Two factors could work against the polls that are reporting that Barack Obama has a lead over John McCain in the presidential race. The are crackers and Catholics.
Crackers as in racist white Americans who are voting less for McCain than against Obama because he is black.
A friend in Florida who voted early says there were scores of old white people at the polls saying that's why they were voting for McCain. Because they just don't feel comfortable with the idea of a black president.
Then there are the Roman Catholics across the nation who, according to my Catholic friends, were told at mass that they couldn't remain Catholics if they voted for any candidate who is pro choice. Read: Obama.
Of course, most of my Catholic friends are smorgasbord Catholics. That is, they pick and choose what rules they want to follow.
Still, the Catholic vote is a significant one. And devout Catholics who might otherwise choose Obama could vote for McCain because of this religious edict.