The apparent virtual tie between the president and the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee underscores how hard-fought Florida will be. Kerry was favored among 45 percent of likely voters surveyed, Bush 44 percent. . . .
The newest survey, released Friday by American Research Group of Manchester, N.H., was conducted Wednesday and Thursday. The poll of 600 likely Florida voters, with a possible 4-percentage-point margin of error, likely reflects some of the bounce Kerry gained from his "Super Tuesday" sweep of nine of 10 primary states.