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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 11:24 AM

Obama Leads Romney in Poll of Florida, Ohio and Virginia [View all]

By Jonathan D. Salant - Sep 14, 2012

Continuing his post-convention bounce in surveys, President Barack Obama led Republican rival Mitt Romney in three key swing states, Florida, Ohio and Virginia, in a poll released yesterday.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College survey of likely voters gave Obama a 49 percent to 44 percent edge over Romney in both Florida and Virginia, and a 50 percent to 43 percent edge in Ohio, which a Republican has never won the White House without carrying.

“We’re seeing the effects of the Democratic convention in these numbers and we’ll see whether he’s able to sustain it,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The survey was released on the same day Romney campaigned in Virginia, criticizing Obama’s handling of the attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East, one of which led to the deaths of four Americans in Libya. “As we watch the world today, sometimes it seems that we are at the mercy of events instead of shaping events,” Romney said.



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