A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows that Barack Obama is now only 4 points down from Hillary Clinton in Ohio!

Clinton leads Obama 50-46. Obama’s surge appears to be at least partially attributable to the virtual certainly that John McCain will be nominated on the Republican side. That means more independents and Republicans in the state are planning to vote in the Democratic primary. While Obama trails Clinton 56-40 among self identified Democrats, he leads 80-13 with Republicans and 64-33 with independents.

Hillary Clinton is in big trouble,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “As recently as a week ago many polls in the state were showing her with around a 20 point lead. The race is trending heavily toward Obama and time is on his side with another eight days before the voting.”