Obama Leads in Three Swing States over Romney
Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee has fallen behind President Barack Obama in three big swing states for the presidential election in 2012. The latest Quinnipiac University Poll has President Obama in a much better standing than he was in the same survey just seven weeks prior, when the president led in Pennsylvania but Ohio and Florida were a tossup.
Those three states are much larger than the 10 states that are considered in the election in November to be still undecided. Many electoral experts consider the states critical for the reelection of Obama or a victory by Romney. The recent poll has Obama leading Romney 45% to 41% in the state of Florida, 47% to 38% in the state of Ohio and 45% to 39% in the state of Pennsylvania.
One analyst said that if Obama were able to maintain those leads in the three states through the election, he would be almost assured of winning a second term in the White House. Since the election of 1960, no candidate has been elected president without winning a minimum of two of those three states. In the 2008 election, Obama won all three of the states.
Analysts were quick to say the election is still over four months away, which is considered a lifetime for politics. However, the recent data suggests that voters in those three states favor Obama.
Voters in particular approve of the recent action by Obama halting the deportations of younger illegal immigrants and his approval figures regarding the economy have started to improve slightly. That has drawn him nearly even with Romney on that front.