A new independent poll shows John McCain leading Barack Obama by just more than than three points in Alaska, where his running mate, Sarah Palin, is governor.

A Hays Research Group poll conducted November 2 shows McCain leading with 48.3 percent to Obama's 44.6 percent, with each total accounting for voters who indicated they "lean" toward either candidate.

The tightening may be due to Palin herself, of whom 37 percent of Alaskans said they had developed a more negative opinion since she became the Republican vice presidential candidate.

The poll also showed Sen. Ted Stevens (R) slipping in his reelection bid against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) just a week after being convicted of felony charges of making false statements. Longtime Rep. Don Young (R) also found himself trailing Democratic opponent Ethan Berkowitz in the state's at-large House race.

The poll has a 4.9 percent margin of error.

-Michael O'Brien