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Romney Gains in South and Nationally (Solid South in polling now, plus Colorado and Iowa)
Southern Political Report ^ | October 23, 2012 | Hastings Wyman

Posted on 10/23/2012 11:32:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt Romney is now leading in every state in today’s Solid South, including the three – Florida, North Carolina and Virginia – that Barack Obama won in 2008 and where his campaign has expended considerable muscle, money and candidate time. Moreover, the nationwide polls also show a marked shift to Romney since the first debate. The President, however, still maintains leads in most of the battleground states.

In Florida, with a substantial 29 electoral votes, virtually all polls now give Romney the lead, with the Real Clear Politics (RCP) average showing a 2.1 point lead for the Republican challenger. The authoritative Mason-Dixon survey shows 51 percent for the Republican challenger to 44 percent the President. The latest CNN poll gave Romney a narrow lead – 49 percent to 48 percent – but it compares with a 50-46 Obama lead in CNN’s previous survey in mid-August. Of interest: The Orlando Sentinel, which endorsed Obama in 2008, has endorsed Romney, a significant boost in the central part of the state that has begun to swing toward the challenger.

In North Carolina, with 15 electoral votes, Romney has a 5.6 point lead, says the RCP average. According to Rasmussen, Romney now has a six-point lead, 52 percent to 46 percent, in a telephone poll of likely voters taken the night after the second presidential debate. News reports indicate that the Romney campaign, now confident of victory in the Tar Heel State, has begun to shift staff from North Carolina to Ohio. One harbinger of the result: The State Board of Elections reports nearly 87,000 Republicans have requested absentee ballots, to 47,000 Democrats and 36,000 independents, says the Raleigh News & Observer.

And in Virginia, with 13 electoral votes, Obama’s once noteworthy lead has dwindled significantly. RCP shows a 48-48 tie. However, the three most recent surveys of the RCP average all show a Romney lead. Rasmussen gives Romney a lead of 50 percent to 47 percent over Obama, in a poll taken two nights after the second presidential debate. A few weeks ago, a Washington Post survey showed Obama ahead in Virginia with 52 percent to 44 percent, so a significant shift to Romney has taken place.

Nationwide, the Gallup Poll, taken just before the second presidential poll, showed Romney with a seven-point lead. The latest Rasmussen national tracking poll gives Romney 49 percent, Obama 47 percent, and the same pollster’s swing state tracking poll gives Romney 40 percent to Obama’s 47 percent, a potentially significant finding if it holds. The HuffPost Pollster tracking model gives Romney an edge of three tenths of one percent. The RCP average shows a 47-47 tie. At least one poll, however, shows a nationwide lead for Obama: Ipsos/Reuters gives Obama 47 percent to Romney’s 44 percent.

Romney’s more favorable numbers in recent surveys reflect in part the favorability ratings of the two candidates, which have changed dramatically since the first debate, when much of the public could for the first time see whether they could visualize Romney as president. Last March, Obama’s favorability rating averaged 55 percent, Romney’s 29 percent, says RCP. Now Romney leads, albeit narrowly: 50 to 49. The second presidential debate did not reverse the trend.

Romney’s progress is also a result of voters’ viewing him as stronger than Obama on handling the economy – by 31 points in one poll, by 18 in another, both nationwide surveys taken since the second debate, which Obama otherwise won narrowly.

Moreover, the RCP Electoral College projection now shows Romney ahead for the first time, with 206 electoral votes to Obama’s 201; it takes 270 to win.

The straws are not just in the Southern wind.

In Missouri, it’s 54 percent for Romney, 43 percent for Obama, says a Rasmussen telephone poll of likely voters, taken the first night after the second presidential debate, a result confirmed by RCP’s 10.3 lead for the GOPer challenger. Romney also has a slim lead – +1 says RCP – in the swing state of New Hampshire, where Obama once held the lead.

Colorado has also moved from Obama to Romney in the past two weeks, says Rasmussen, the fourth state to do so in the past week, according to the firm; it now stands at 50 percent for Romney, 46 percent for Obama.

And in Iowa, Rasmussen now gives Iowa to Romney by a slim 49-47 margin.

Obama continues to lead in other important swing states, says RCP, although within the margin of error in most of them: Michigan (+5), Nevada (+3), Ohio (+2.1), and Wisconsin (+2.8),.

Stay tuned!

TOPICS: Colorado; Iowa; Campaign News; Polls
KEYWORDS: colorado; iowa; obama; romney
We need to act like we're 10 points behind. Let's pick up the senate!
1 posted on 10/23/2012 11:32:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Keep your powder dry; although the poll results may seem impressive, the majority of them fall well within the margin of fraud.

The media won't report this but expect in many districts to have the number of votes exceed that of voters.

2 posted on 10/23/2012 11:57:48 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What states did Bush win in 2000 and 2004, and Obama is leading now?
3 posted on 10/24/2012 12:39:14 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What is interesting is that Obama will not concede these States and shift resources to protect winnable States.

The South is gone for the Democrats, yet they still are pumping resources into NC/FL./Vir and allowing Romney to move into Penn and WI.

Their arrogrance is going to cost the Democrat Party dearly.

4 posted on 10/24/2012 1:41:51 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Speaking only from my part of CO, and using my own propiatary survey method on how many political stickers I see on cars, I can say this. Unemployment and the bad economy has not hit the area as hard as others, we still have mountains and people still show up to look at them. In 2008, I would say almost 1 car in 10 had some kind of Obama sticker if not even more. This year it is nearly completely reversed for Romney or anti-Obama stickers. In fact the few I do see are either white haired hippy types driving hybrids or subabrus or brand new rather large SUVs. This district swings back and forth between the parties over the last 10 years and this year we got redistricted to be more democratic.
I think we are looking at the biggest sweep since Reagan. From a 47-52 2008 to a 55-45 2012 would be a huge swing in just four years. I only regret its not for a candidate this swing is headed, but rather against another. i would feel better voting for a conservative, rather than against president Obama. Still an 8 point swing in 4 years is impressive.
5 posted on 10/24/2012 2:12:01 AM PDT by McCloud-Strife ( USA 1776-2008)
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To: Cowboy Bob

NV, NM, OH....I thin Romney is up in NH...

6 posted on 10/24/2012 2:13:02 AM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"And in Iowa, Rasmussen now gives Iowa to Romney by a slim 49-47 margin."

This is significant given the NYeT quoted Bobo's cadre believing this is where their firewall will stand; which suggests that Ploofter and Axelrot are trying to cheap their way to the win -- IA has simple media market coverage; which hints Bobo is seriously broke; therefore a real opportunity exists for Mitt to win big.

7 posted on 10/24/2012 4:39:30 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NE1, NC, FL, VA, OH, CO, IA, NV, NH = 291EV)
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To: StAnDeliver

Nobama was here in Iowa today..A Democrat mom at my kid’s school told me she was mad that she could not get through because SS had all the streets blocked. She told me she did not like Obama.

Later I talked to a state senator’s wife. She said it was a good sing that O had to come back here AGAIN.

8 posted on 10/24/2012 3:15:02 PM PDT by GWfan
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To: GWfan

sing= thing.

9 posted on 10/24/2012 3:17:45 PM PDT by GWfan
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