With the election right around the corner, new polls released show President Obama starting to inch ahead of his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
As a disappointing October comes to an end, President Obama hopes that new momentum can carry him to a second term. New polls released this weekend show President Obama holding a slight national lead, and holding or regaining leads in key swing states. The new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Sunday shows the president with a narrow national advantage, leading the former CEO of Bain Capital by two points, 47 to 45 percent. A new Minneapolis Star-Tribune poll has Mitt Romney trailing President Obama by three points in Minnesota, down 47 to 44 percent, with ten electoral votes on the line.
Public Policy Polling released two new polls from Florida and New Hampshire, each showing President Obama with a small, but important lead. With the Sunshine State of Florida seeming like a lock for Mitt Romney, the new PPP poll now puts President Obama in the lead by one point. The lead is nothing to celebrate, but considering Romney had a lead as much as seven points in Florida over the last two weeks, the president and his campaign have to be happy at the swing in momentum. In New Hampshire, the PPP has President Obama up by two points over Mitt Romney, a three-point reversal from the previous week when Romney held a one point advantage.
According to a new Washington Post poll, President Obama is leading Mitt Romney by four points in Virginia eclipsing the important 50 percent threshold, holding on to a 51 to 47 percent advantage. The PPP poll has President Obama matching his exact Virginia numbers in Ohio, leading Mitt Romney 51 to 47 percent.
The election is coming down to the wire, and as both candidates continue to push their message, it’s almost as important where the message gets delivered as it is what the message is. Mitt Romney saw his best stretch of the election following the first presidential debate, but after two bounce back performances by the president, Romney’s “debate bounce” has stalled and the race is back to reality.Nate Silver of the New York Times and the 538 blog give President Obama a 74.6 percent chance of winning the election, carrying 296.6 electoral votes compared to 241.4 for Mitt Romney. While all eyes are on presidential polls, there’s only number that really matters – 270 electoral votes and who gets there first.
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