Republican Gov. George W. Bush of Texas had a narrow edge over Vice President Al Gore in a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll looking ahead to the 2000 presidential election.

The paper reported Tuesday that 50 percent of those surveyed in a weekend poll favored Bush to 46 percent for Gore. However, Gore led 62-32 in an imaginary race with House Speaker Newt Gingrich.The telephone survey of 1,005 adults had a margin of error of 3 percentage points. Pollsters also asked Republicans and Democrats whom they favored for the nomination of their respective party.

Gore was favored by 51 percent of Democrats, following by 12 percent for civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, 8 percent for former Sen. Bill Bradley and 7 percent for House Minority Leader Dick Gephart. No other contender got more than 3 percent.

Bush led among Republicans with 30 percent, followed by Elizabeth Dole with 14 percent, Jack Kemp and former Vice Pres-ident Dan Quayle with 9 percent each, Steve Forbes with 7 percent and Gingrich with 6 percent. No other Republican got above 4 percent.