Polls: Obama gains lead in key states

Polls: Obama gains lead in key states

Dayton : OH : USA | Sep 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM PDT
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Two new polls by The Washington Post show that President Obama has gained lead in Ohio and a narrow edge in Florida over rival Mitt Romney.

The polls have increased the uneasiness of Republicans, who were already watching Ohio’s important 18 electoral votes drifting away from Romney. In Florida too, Republican anxiety is rising as they see Obama gaining edge in the wrestle for the 29 electoral votes of the state.

Another new poll from the Public Policy Polling has showed that Obama is threatening Romney in Iowa, trending ahead of his rival in a state where the issue of energy has played a very important part in election campaigns.

In Ohio, Obama is leading with 52 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. In Florida, Obama is ahead of Romney by 51 percent to 47 percent, a narrow numeric edge. The polls show that among all likely voters, the president is leading by nine percent.

In Iowa, Obama is ahead of Romney with 51 percent to 44 percent, a boost in the president’s points by five percent since the last poll of the state by the Public Policy Polling. This might be a result of the Republican presidential nominee’s falling support with voters in the state: 40 percent likely voters support him, a decline of 7 percent from the 47 percent in August. Besides, 55 percent registered voters disapprove Romney, a rise of 7 percent from the 48 percent in August.

On Tuesday, the republican kicked off a two-day bus trip of Ohio in a bid to put up support for his candidature and taper the gap with President Obama. Reports suggest that the bus tour will take Romney from Dayton to Columbus. He will also go to Toledo prior to leaving for Virginia, one more major combat zone where he is lagging behind in public polls.

The previous several weeks have turned out hard for the Romney camp. The Republican nominee’s political gurus say they are set to make some strategic moves and rearrange things this week. However, Romney is under increased pressure to change the focus of his campaign as the first debate planned for the coming week approaches.

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Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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