Internet Edition. October 31, 2008, Updated: Time 12:00 AM
Indian astrologers are predicting Barack Obama will win the presidential election by a comfortable margin, but one warned of potentially life-threatening times ahead for the Democratic candidate.
"Obama is 100 percent in Leo and Leos are not only born leaders but they have a special charm all of their own," well-known Indian astrologer Bejan Daruwalla told AFP.
"(Republican candidate) John McCain has good points but he's nowhere in the picture. He's miles away. He has been outshadowed by the Leo. He might have been very good in his time but this is not the right time."
Fellow Mumbai astrologer Raj Kumar Sharma also forecast a clear Obama victory in the November 4 vote-mirroring the latest opinion poll data that suggests the 47-year-old Illinoissenator is out in front.
"The circumstances and conjunction of stars are very clearly indicating that John McCain is going to lose this election and Barack Obama is going to win, at least by 10 percent," he said.
But he said he was worried about the weak sun moving into Obama's chart from April 2010 to January 2011.
"The month from April 5, 2010 to May 16, 2010 is very dangerous for him. I really pray that everything should be all right," he said.
Asked to elaborate, he added: "I see danger for his life from April 5, 2010. I see the chances of 25 percent of survival. So he should be very careful about his security, about the people working for him." To counteract the weak sun, Obama should wear a ruby, he said.
Indian Obama fans sent him a small statue of the revered Hindu monkey god Hanuman earlier this year, after hearing he carries a good luck monkey charm with him at all times. Hanuman is said to protect from evil spirits and curses. Daruwalla, who writes a column in the Times of India newspaper, said the United States was in transition after being ruled by comfort-loving Cancer-sign of the outgoing President George W. Bush-and Gemini the communicator.
Reuters adds: Democrat Barack Obama has opened a 7-point lead over Republican rival John McCain with five days left in the race for the White House, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Thursday.
Obama leads McCain by 50 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the three-day national tracking poll, building on his 5-point advantage on Wednesday. The telephone poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.
It was the second consecutive day Obama's lead has grown as the two-year presidential battle draws to a close. McCain is struggling to overtake Obama's lead in every national opinion poll and in many battleground states.
"This is not good news for McCain. The race was tightening for a few days but now it is going back the other way," pollster John Zogby said.
Support for Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, hit or exceeded the 50 percent mark for the seventh time in the last 10 days. McCain's support has not reached 46 percent in more than three weeks of polling.