There is still 6 months to go before the election so the usual caveat applies, nevertheless, the Washington Times has some interesting polls
. It seems that in the key battleground states, and even in some Democratic states, Kerry is either trailing Bush or tied. This is in states that Gore won handily, and which Kerry must win to have any chance to beat Bush. The Kerry camp attributes this to the Bush ads that have been running in these states, and insists that once Kerry starts running ads things will turn around. This could be true, but the Bush campaign has also done a very good job of defining Kerry, before he had the chance to define himself, as a flip-flopping ultra liberal and this could be very difficult for Kerry to undo.