Obama widening lead over Romney in key states
by Brent Kallestad, Associated Press
September 26, 2012 08:33 AM | 1218 views | 7 7 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In these Aug. 2012 file photos, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, campaign in swing states, Obama in Leesburg, Va., and Romney in Waukesha, Wis.  (AP Photos)
In these Aug. 2012 file photos, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, campaign in swing states, Obama in Leesburg, Va., and Romney in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photos)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama has opened a double-digit lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in two of the nation's three largest swing states in a poll released Wednesday.

With Election Day less than six weeks away, Obama received more than 50 percent support in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida in a random telephone survey of likely voters taken Sept. 18-24. He has held smaller leads in those states in earlier polls.

Obama, who enjoys a huge advantage among women, minorities and young voters, led his Republican challenger 54 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania, 53 percent to 43 percent in Ohio and 53 percent to 44 percent in Florida, the biggest prize of the three with 29 electoral votes. The poll by Quinnipiac (Conn.) University, CBS News and the New York Times had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points in Florida and 2.9 percentage points in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

No one has won the White House since John F. Kennedy in 1960 without winning at least two of the three key battleground states.

The president did better with voters on nearly every issue, including the ability to handle the economy, which was the top concern for voters in all three states.

"For the first time in the entire campaign, he is seen as better able to fix the economy," said Peter Brown, assistant director for Quinnipiac.

Brown noted that the poll almost certainly reflected damage to Romney's effort from a secretly recorded statement that 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims and that government has a responsibility to care for them. In all three states, more than half the respondents said they believed Romney's policies favored the wealthy.

Romney, however, had a slight edge with voters when asked who was better suited to deal with the budget deficit.

Brown said the presidential debates in October may be Romney's last chance to reverse his slide.

The poll also showed the Democratic incumbents seeking to retain their U.S. Senate seats in each state were running ahead of their GOP challengers. Bill Nelson led U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV by 14 percentage points, 53-39, in Florida; Sherrod Brown led Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel 50 percent to 40 percent and Robert Casey Jr. led businessman Tom Smith 49-43 in Pennsylvania.

Ohio voters approved of Republican Gov. John Kasich's job performance, 48 percent to 35 percent, but two other Republican governors, Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania and Rick Scott in Florida, were upside down with voters in their states. Pennsylvania voters disapproved of Corbett's performance 47 percent to 36 percent while 48 percent of Floridians disapproved of Scott's handling of his office compared to 38 percent who approved.

The survey, which used land line and cell phones to reach voters, included 1,196 likely voters in Florida, 1,162 in Ohio and 1,180 in Pennsylvania.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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what is the truth?
September 27, 2012
Frankly, I don't believe all this about Romney being done! For one thing, if anyone still has faith in what they read in the press or see on one of the MSM channels, they are probably being misled. Go to the internet and check out the news there. This election is far from over.
September 26, 2012
Well Praise The Lord!

Let's just hope Romney's companies don't own the voting computers!!!

Who pwns those electronic contraptions again? I forget...
September 26, 2012
Obama said yesterday at the UN that adding Marine security at the embassy wouldn't have helped. Is he kidding?

People who will vote for this man have lost sight of what a president is supposed to do. He's NOT a rock star. He actually has a job to do, and he's not doing it.

September 26, 2012
If you see a paper or listen to the news today, you would almost think Obama has already won.

Democrats are doing everything they can to suppress conservative voting, which includes the military vote as well.

It was discovered yesterday that someone at the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the Obama-controlled federal authority presiding over military absentee ballots (where military families go for information on how to vote), put an intentionally later due date on its website so that majority-conservative military voters would be misled about the deadline and not be counted. This is purely fraud. If anyone did this in black neighborhoods, the media would be screaming bloody murder.
Lib in Cobb
September 26, 2012
@LBAM: Please quote source.

BTW, the media is screaming about Republican voter suppression legislation in 17 states.

Source: Boston Globe, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Current TV.
Lib in Cobb
September 27, 2012
LBAM: The GOP is committing voter suppression in 17 states, especially in black neighborhoods and in Latino neighborhoods and we Liberals have been raising hell about it. Have you not seen the news regarding the court cases involving voter suppression? Every law passed in the aforementioned 17 states is designed to limit the voting rights of the poor, the elderly, the African American and the Latino population. Why just those population segments because those segments are the most likely to vote for President Obama. The GOP knew months ago that they were going to have a difficult time beating President Obama, so they designed legislation to suppress the vote, claiming it was to protect us from voter fraud. There has been very little proof of voter fraud presented as evidence in those court cases.
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