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Obama Pulls Away from Romney in New Poll

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

Tallahassee, FL - September 26, 2012 6:29 pm

It's crunch time on the campaign trail. As the days to the presidential election wind down, one poll is showing the president with a significant lead in three key swing states over his challenger, Mitt Romney.

The president is enjoying a comfortable lead in several battleground states. One of them is Florida, where the president holds a nine percentage point advantage.

And the reason for the lead comes down to one thing: the economy.

With the election drawing near, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are zeroing in on Florida and its 29 electoral votes.

Lenny Curry, Florida Republican Party: "Florida is it for us. Governor Romney has to win Florida in order to win the White House."

Scott Arceneaux, Florida Democratic Party: "Florida is the most critical state in the country. We're bias, but we feel if the president wins here, he's going to win reelection."

In the battle for Florida, a Quinnipiac University-New York Times-CBS poll shows the president leading Governor Romney 53 to 44. The poll says a big reason for the president's lead is the economy. Pollsters say because voters feel they are better off than they were four years ago, they're swinging over into the president's corner.

"We're very excited about these numbers and what they are showing is the president is getting more and more popular in Florida and our message is really resonating."

That message is resonating the most with women and Hispanic voters. But when it comes to men and the coveted independent vote, Governor Romney and the president find themselves in a dead heat. And for Republicans it's the message of jobs and job creation they feel can push those voters towards Governor Romney.

"Right now it's all about jobs. Whether you want to talk about Medicare, Social Security, entitlements, spending and deficits, people have to have a job."

It's important to point out there were several others polls released today.. Those polls show a much tighter race. All of them show Governor Romney and President Obama within the margin of error in Florida, which could mean this race comes right down to the wire.
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Tallahassee, FL - September 26, 2012 5:47 pm

The election is less than 45 days away. And one poll shows president Obama starting to pull away in swing states. One of them is Florida.

This newly released poll from Quinnipiac University shows president Obama with a commanding 9 point advantage over Governor Romney in Florida. That's an increase of four percentage points for the president from just a month ago.

Here's the break down of that poll among Florida voters:

Governor Romney is still holding his own against the president in several key demographics. According to the poll men and independent voters are in a statistical split between the Governor and the President.

However, it is among women and Hispanic voters where the president sees his biggest gains. The president leads 58-39 percent over the governor when it comes to women, and 55-41 percent with Hispanics.

The poll credits Obama's surge in part to governor Romney's gaffes and the economy. The poll says while many voters do not think they are worse now than they were four years ago, it's hard for them to vote out the president.
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Tallahassee, FL - September 26, 2012

With the election drawing near, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are zeroing in on Florida and its 29 electoral votes.

"Florida is it for us. Governor Romney has to win Florida in order to win the White House," says Lenny Curry of the Florida Republican Party.

"Florida is the most critical state in the country. We're bias, but we feel if the president wins here, he's going to win reelection," says Scott Arceneaux of the Florida Democratic Party.

In the battle for Florida, a Quinnipiac University-New York Times-CBS poll shows the president leading Governor Romney 53% to 44%. The poll says a big reason for the president's lead is the economy. Pollsters say because voters feel they are better off than they were four years ago, they're swinging over into the president's corner.

"We're very excited about these numbers and what they are showing is the president is getting more and more popular in Florida and our message is really resonating," says Arceneaux.

That message is resonanting the most with women and Hispanic voters. But when it comes to men and the coveted independent vote, Governor Romney and the president find themselves in a dead heat. And for Republicans it's the message of jobs and job creation they feel can push those voters towards Governor Romney.

"Right now it's all about jobs. Whether you want to talk about Medicare, Social Security, entitlements, spending and deficits, people have to have a job," says Curry.

Several others polls released today showed a much tigther race as all of them showed Governor Romney and President Obama within the margin of error in Florida.


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