Polls in Battleground States Give Obama the Lead
With the two national conventions only a distant memory and the first of three presidential debates quickly approaching a series of new polls in important battleground states suggest that Obama is getting the upper hand on his Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney.
Polls are just a quick snapshot on the feelings of voters at a particular moment in time. The national election is 44 days away and between now and then, there will be three debates between Obama and Romney and one between Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan the Republican vice presidential nominee.
Those debates could be a way for candidates to change the minds of voters, but the latest polls seem to show Obama has lengthened his lead over Romney.
Romney said he considered his campaign tied in the latest polls, as they are all within the plus or minus margin of error. He says the percentages bounce up and down each day, week and month.
To win the presidency, Romney must win all of the states won by John McCain during the 2008 election, plus take back close to six other states that Obama won in 2008.
Romney was in Florida last week, where two polls that are nonpartisan were conducted in the last two weeks and both showed Obama with an advantage of five points, which is within the sampling error margin. Both polls had the race 49% to 44% in favor of Obama.
Florida holds the most electoral votes at 29, of any of the nine battleground states that both candidates are working hard to win.