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Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Politics, USA Presidential Election 2012 | 5 comments

NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist Polls: Obama Leads Romney in Florida, Ohio and Viriginia

Let’s just say that these three polls underscore a)the bounce President Barack Obama got from the Democratic convention and b) the increased critical important of the Presidential debates in this election for Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney:

After two political conventions and heading into the post-Labor Day sprint, President Barack Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Virginia, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of each of these three states.

In both Florida and Virginia, Obama is ahead of Romney by five points among likely voters (including those leaning toward a particular candidate), 49 percent to 44 percent.

In Ohio, the president’s lead is seven points, 50 percent to 43 percent.

Among a larger pool of registered voters, Obama’s advantage over Romney slightly increases to 7 points in Virginia, 8 in Florida and 9 in Ohio.

“You’d rather be in Obama’s shoes than Romney’s in these three critical states,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, says of the poll results.

But he adds that Obama’s leads are not “insurmountable,” especially as the two candidates prepare for their first presidential debate on Oct. 3 in Colorado.


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  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    :), :), 🙂

  • zephyr

    At this rate Obama could put the Mitt away with a good debate performance on 10/3.

  • ShannonLeee

    Yep, Romney has to “win” the first debate or this thing is over. Obama is too smart to let that happen and he does not crumble under pressure…. sooooo, I am not sure how anything less than a tie would happen.

    but, you never know

  • zephyr

    I don’t see how it’s possible for Romney to win on his own merits at this point, but that hardly means he couldn’t still win. The cash advantage is his from here on out – the boxing metaphor for which would be loaded gloves. Time is running out though..

  • petew

    I’m cautiously optimistic that Obama will win, however bumps are bumps and anything can change them in the weeks that follow. I hope that the Obama campaign is willing and able to deal with any “swift-boating” efforts by Karl Rove and the GOP. I also agree that debates are one of the President’s strong points. It might also help if the public is becoming more aware of the blatant, out of touch with reality lies spread by Romney and Ryan. But most of all, I fear the possibility that the government might be completely controlled by Republicans. Democrats should also not have absolute control, since shared power may lead to the neccessary compromise that Norquist’s zombies need to break free from his spell–sarcasm intended, but quite appropriately!

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