Buoyed by a strong debate performance and solid campaigning thereafter, Mitt Romney has turned the corner in the Sunshine State, crossing the 50 percent threshold for the first time in the campaign season, according to Rasmussen Reports.
Romney has stretched his lead over President Barack Obama in Florida to four points, 51 percent to 47, with 2 percent undecided, according to the Rasmussen poll. Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, is considered a toss-up state.
The four-point lead represents the widest gap this year between the candidates in Florida, who previously had been within one or two points of each other in the state, according to Rasmussen.
Obama carried Florida over John McCain in 2008 by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin.
Romney leads 52 percent to 48 percent among the voters--92 percent of them--who have already made up their minds on who they will vote for in November, Rasmussen found. Romney is now more trusted on the economy than Obama in Florida, 51 percent to 45 percent and is viewed favorably by 53 percent of voters in the state and unfavorably by 45 percent.
Along with Florida, Colorado, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin are considered toss-Ups. Romney leads Obama in Arizona, Indiana, Montana and North Dakota and Obama is ahead in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Washington, according to Rasmussen.
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