Skip to comments.Romney pulls ahead in Michigan; Wisconsin a toss-up
Posted on 08/21/2012 2:55:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Fox News in Detroit reports that a new poll shows Mitt Romney pulling substantially ahead of Barack Obama in Michigan. Romney is a native of the state, but it looks from this poll as if adding Paul Ryan to the ticket pushed him over the top.
The poll, produced by Foster McCollum White Baydoun, showed Romney leading Obama in Michigan by 47 to 43 percent, which is just outside the polls 2.35 percent margin of error.
Paul Ryan was said to make Michigan voters more likely to vote for Romney by an 8 percent margin. Ryans budget proposals, which are not quite the same as Romneys campaign proposals but remain a topic of intense interest, were viewed positively by a plurality of 48 percent.
Eric Foster, president of Foster McCollum White & Associates, said that Romney has identified a clear game changer if his strategy is to divide the Midwest and blow a bugle in President Obamas Midwestern Strategy. It was not clear from his statement if blow a bugle is a metaphor commonly employed by Michigan pollsters, or if Foster made it up especially for this occasion.
At any rate, he sees Romney potentially attempting to isolate Illinois and Pennsylvania by having Michigan and Wisconsin in play. This would also limit Obamas opportunity to strengthen resource and advertising in Ohio and Indiana, if Michigan and Wisconsin are competitive.
Meanwhile, Foster said the past week for President Obama was not helpful to his numbers, and suggested Obamas campaign needs to shift its focus towards presenting more of a business case narrative of why voters should re-elect President Obama while better defining why Romney/Ryan is not good for America.
That would be much more challenging for the Obama campaign than begging to see Romneys tax returns from 2003, accusing him of giving a woman cancer five years after someone else ordered the closing of the steel mill her husband used to work for, or criticizing the roof-mounted canine transportation methods employed by the Romney family in the 1980s.
Over in Wisconsin, the liberal Public Policy Polling firm finds a statistical tie, with Romney pulling 48 percent to Obamas 47. The Washington Post notes PPP had Obama ahead 50-44 just a month ago. Ryan was also seen as a factor in Wisconsins movement to toss-up status, as his 49 percent approval rating makes him the most popular person running on either ticket in his home state.
Slow Joe was in Minnesota today...the same Minnesota that hasn’t gone GOP since Nixon.
I think Barry and friends are in trouble in this region.
Far leftists like Obama can compete and often win now because the demographics have changed significantly since the age of Mondale and McGovern. There are more immigrants who vote lib Dem since immigration quotas were changed in the '60s to limit white Europeans, and more people on welfare and other entitlements who are permanent voting blocs for the Dems and, in this case, Obama.
How in the world can Wisconsin be a “tossup”?
Scott Walker successfully beat back a well-funded recall vote (as did the lieutenant governor) and Wisconsin’s own Paul Ryan has been added to the Republican ticket.
The power of the unions has been crushed and the rest of Wisky has finally overcome the effete snobs of Madison. R&R is going to kick some serious butt there come November.
Looking forward to a shock poll soon that shows Illinois up for grabs. Once that happens, it’s curtains for Borat Obama.
Obama is toast.
Walter “Fritz” Mondale and George McGovern were centrists compared to BHO and they were wiped out in their presidential runs.
Yeah but it’s a different America now. 47% of America is made up of Blacks, Gays, Socialists, Welfare leeches, abortion proponents and Liberals.
Looking forward to a shock poll soon that shows Illinois up for grabs. Once that happens, its curtains for Borat Obama.
I read an article somewhere yesterday that said Obama’s lead in Cook County, IL (Chicago) has been cut by Romney to single digits. The Obama people are starting to worry that the Cook County lead might not be big enough to hold off the down-state and rural vote that is anti-Obama. And, if something doesn’t “change”, IL could be in play.