During the presidential race, polling will prove essential to candidates and illuminating for voters.
Clay Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, has partnered with post-gazette.com to provide a series of audio reports about the five primary polls Quinnipiac will produce.
Mr. Richards has nearly 40 years of experience as a political writer and polling editor for United Press International and Newsday. In his capacity at Quinnipiac, he is chief spokesman for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania polls and works with others to develop, analyze and present the results.
During his 22 years with UPI, he served as the national political writer/editor, covering 12 national political conventions and the campaigns of presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan.
• Monday, Nov. 3: In the final day before the election, Sen. Obama holds a 10-point lead lead over Sen. McCain in the state.
• Wednesday, Oct. 29: Sen. Obama holding an almost insurmountable lead over Sen. McCain in the state with less than a week to go until the election.
• Wednesday, Oct. 1: Sen. Obama now has a 15-point lead over Sen. McCain, Mr. Richards reports.
• Thursday, Sept. 11: Sen. McCain has closed the gap in the state, Mr. Richards says.
• Tuesday, Aug. 26: Mr. Richards says Sen. Obama continues to lead Sen. McCain in the state.
• Thursday, July 31: Mr. Richards says Sen. McCain has closed the gap with Sen. Obama in the state.
• Wednesday, June 18: Mr. Richards says Sen. Obama holds a 12-point lead over Sen. McCain in Pennsylvania.
• Tuesday, April 15: Mr. Richards says Sen. Clinton is holding off Sen. Obama in Pennsylvania.
• Tuesday, April 8: Mr. Richards says Sen. Clinton's lead over Sen. Obama has slipped to six points.
• Tuesday, March 18: Sen. Hillary Clinton has the momentum in Pennsylvania, Mr. Richards says.
• Monday, March 17: Mr. Richards says the first poll will be released tomorrow morning.