I love a good political poll as much as the next guy. Especially when they show us winning back the whitehouse next year.

But, as a reminder of how wrong early polls can be, I present you with this little gem from January, 2006:

In dramatic results that could settle the Ohio GOP primary, the Wall Street Journal?s Zogby Poll today showed Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell leading Democrat Congressman Ted Strickland in a head to head general election survey by 4.5% (45.9% to 41.4%).

?This is conclusive evidence that Ken Blackwell is the best candidate to represent the GOP in the fall. It?s time to clear the field and prepare for November,? said Blackwell campaign manager Mike Hernon.

As we all know, the results of that election were very different than this poll indicated:

Ted Strickland: 60.4%
Ken Blackwell: 38.8%