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Mitt Romney Tops 50 Percent in Florida to Lead President Obama by 5 Clear Points
Sunshine State News ^ | October 26, 2012 3:55 AM | Jim Turner

Posted on 10/26/2012 12:04:08 PM PDT by Red Steel

Florida and its important 29 electoral votes are all but in the Romney camp, according to Sunshine State News poll of likely voters taken mostly following the third and final presidential debate.

But the parties still have a big challenge ahead in their ground games. Early voting begins Saturday in Florida.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pushed above the 50 percent mark in the poll conducted between Oct. 22 and Oct. 24 by Harrisburg, Pa.-based Voter Survey Service.

Of 1,001 likely Florida voters, 51 percent were ready to vote for Romney to 46 percent for President Obama.

Only 12 percent said the recent debates had any sway on their opinion, with 40 percent of those individuals saying they switched from Obama to Romney and just 22 percent going the other way.

“Basically, Romney is winning this race, and the poll confirms the debates have had a big impact on his recent surge,” said VSS President Jim Lee.

“The fact that Romney as the “challenger” is already at 51 percent is a huge indication this race is all but over -- undecided voters aren’t like to break for the incumbent in this kind of environment.”

The results run similar to many other recent polls for Florida conducted by:

Rasmussen, 52 percent to 46 percent for Romney;

CNN, 49 percent to 48 percent for Romney;

PPP, 48 percent to 47 percent for Romney;

Gravis Marketing, 50 percent to 49 percent.

A Newsmax poll put the contest at 48 percent to 42 percent for Obama.

University of South Florida political science professor Susan Macmanus said the contest will ultimately come down to how the campaigns are able to get their voters to show up and cast ballots.

“Polls can never predict turnout,” Macmanus said.

She said political observers will have a better grasp on Florida after the early voting period begins this weekend and turnout numbers can be seen in urban areas such as Tampa and Orlando, which are expected to be strengths for Obama.

“Much has been touted about the superior organization of the Obama campaign, but we will have a better look at it in the next few days,” Macmanus said.

Meanwhile, the state, as of Thursday morning, had already received 1.05 million absentee ballots back from voters, of which 468,417 are from registered Republicans and 414,343 from registered Democrats, according to the Division of Elections.

According to the VSS poll results, in which 50 percent of those contacted labeled themselves conservative and the rest evenly split as liberal or moderate, Romney is winning the argument about jobs creation by a 2-1 margin, and even on international issues by a 51 percent to 44 percent margin.

Lee said the internal results suggest Romney’s debate performance at Lynn University in Boca Raton helped and that the fallout from the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya continues to drag on Obama.

They are also important “because national polling earlier this year showed Obama had stolen the long GOP-held honor of the party best able to fight terrorism and deal with international issues,” Lee added.

Romney has a 15 percentage-point margin with men, with Obama having a 5 percentage-point edge with women voters.

While Obama continues to win with young and black voters, he is underperforming from his 2008 victory with suburban, women and Hispanic voters.

The poll also suggests that Obama may be losing some support in the black community, as 21 percent of the respondents identifying themselves as African-American plan to vote for Romney.

Lee noted that while some polls using "live" pollsters have pushed Obama numbers above 90 percent among black voters, those using automated polls have shown a more diverse outcome.

“This would suggest perhaps Obama won't be on track to get 95 percent of the black vote this time, but only 90 percent or even less.”

Around the State

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The numbers give Romney expected advantages in the Panhandle and Southwest Florida, while holding leads in the critical I-4 corridor, which went for Obama in 2008.

Meanwhile, while Obama continues his lead in Southeast Florida, the numbers are down from 2008.

Lee noted that Palm Beach County, which Obama carried by 23 points four years ago, now appears as a 12-point advantage for the president.

See the cross-tabs and methodology for this poll in the attachments below.

The margin of error for a sample size of 1,001 interviews is +/- 3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2012poll; 2012polls; election2012; fl; florida; poll2012; polls2012; romney

1 posted on 10/26/2012 12:04:12 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

So in other words, it’s too close to call


2 posted on 10/26/2012 12:07:29 PM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: Red Steel

Obama leading from behind.


3 posted on 10/26/2012 12:10:45 PM PDT by CatOwner
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To: Red Steel

Ahhhhh let the madness end!!!! Come on Nov 6th!!!!!


4 posted on 10/26/2012 12:10:53 PM PDT by Michigander222
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To: Red Steel

Liberals’ heads will be exploding soon.


5 posted on 10/26/2012 12:11:16 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Red Steel

He’ll need 5 points to overcome Democommunist voter fraud.


6 posted on 10/26/2012 12:11:24 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

Our Kenyan nightmare is almost over.


7 posted on 10/26/2012 12:14:20 PM PDT by 1035rep
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8 posted on 10/26/2012 12:14:47 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Red Steel
0bama does not have the huge lead he needs in Broward and Palm Beach counties to carry the state. Florida goes to Romney. Guaranteed.

(I just hope he has long enough coattails to drag that jerk Mack across the finish line ahead of the bigger jerk Nelson).

9 posted on 10/26/2012 12:15:37 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


10 posted on 10/26/2012 12:23:02 PM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: vladimir998

this puppy is over
rr are running ads in minnesota!!
They win more than 330
I said 3 weeks ago this is starting to feeling like 1980, i think that is way too pessimistic
It is starting to feel like 1980,1994,2010
combined
At least the national nightmare is over.


11 posted on 10/26/2012 12:31:37 PM PDT by genghis
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To: vladimir998

this puppy is over
rr are running ads in minnesota!!
They win more than 330
I said 3 weeks ago this is starting to feeling like 1980, i think that is way too pessimistic
It is starting to feel like 1980,1994,2010
combined
At least the national nightmare is over.


12 posted on 10/26/2012 12:33:39 PM PDT by genghis
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To: Joe Brower
Hopefully Mitt can bring Mack along as well.

Question: Any polling on the recall of the SC justices?

13 posted on 10/26/2012 12:33:51 PM PDT by ken5050 (Another reason to vote for Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the WH Christmas party)
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To: ken5050

I am going to post this in a couple threads I am watching, because I just think it is important: Today I finally donated to the Romney campaign. My feeling was that if it came to this point and he wasn’t winning, my money wasn’t going to help. I figured that if he was tied or winning, it would help get him over the hump or help beat the O soundly. It really felt good to pour it on today. If you have been waiting around to open the wallet, now is a great time to give! Nothing scares the left than finding out that the Romney war chest is overflowing, and they will find out. It is almost as good as voting twice lol..


14 posted on 10/26/2012 12:51:23 PM PDT by Outraged At FLA
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To: Red Steel

Just got back from Florida...driving back from Orlando towards Pensacola there were huge signs along the side of the freeways and lots of them against Obama!


15 posted on 10/26/2012 12:52:17 PM PDT by LADYAK
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To: Red Steel
Voters need to REMAIN VIGILANT.

Democrats will stop at nothing. We saw it in 2000, with their stupid "interpretation of voter intention," their attempts to quash military ballots, their emergency court orders to keep polls open late so they could drive more frauds to the polls, etc., etc.

This could be the biggest fight yet. Joe Lieberman was a decent human being. Obama has nothing but Chicago filth in his corner and they will pull every trick they can.

16 posted on 10/26/2012 1:14:20 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: ken5050
I haven't heard any pools on the three liberal judges getting the boot, although the leftmedia has been shilling for them at every opportunity.

I think they know their bench-activists are on their way out.

17 posted on 10/26/2012 1:52:38 PM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower

I haven’t see much of a grass-roots campaign behind the recall. FYI..Iowa, in 2010 recalled THREE SC justices who had voted in favor of same sex marriage..there’s another one up now..and the social conservatives are out with the pitchforks again to dump him. They may actually get out enough voters to put Mitt over the top in Iowa..wouldn’t that be a hoot....karma, like payback, is a bitch..


18 posted on 10/26/2012 1:59:26 PM PDT by ken5050 (Another reason to vote for Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the WH Christmas party)
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To: Joe Brower

Joe..FYI..the story I mentioned in my #18 is on NationalReview.com..I’m off, if you have time, can you post it as a thread..?


19 posted on 10/26/2012 2:15:38 PM PDT by ken5050 (Another reason to vote for Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the WH Christmas party)
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To: Red Steel

I thought I read that as late as yesterday Obama continued to have ads running in the State. Axelrod said they never gave up on Florida and will continue to campaign there as in NC. I hope he means it.


20 posted on 10/26/2012 5:42:48 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: StarFan

Hussein is still running lots of ads here- but he is going down big in Florida.

Just the way it is - this time its personal for us and all of the fired NASA workers to boot


21 posted on 10/26/2012 7:02:10 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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