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Rasmussen: Romney Continues to Edge Past Obama in Swing States

Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 11:11 AM

By Paul Scicchitano

A new poll released Sunday by Rasmussen Reports shows Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney continuing to edge past President Barack Obama in the critical swing states.

“In the 11 swing states, Mitt Romney earns 49 percent support to Obama’s 47 percent,” according to Scott Rasmussen. “One percent likes another candidate in the race, and 2 percent are undecided.”

Rasmussen notes that Sunday marked the sixth consecutive day that Romney led Obama in the daily Swing State Survey and reflects the challenger’s stellar debate performance when the candidates met during the first presidential debate.

“Prior to that, the president had led for 17 of the previous 19 days, and the candidates had been tied twice,” according to Rasmussen. “Most of these findings are based on responses prior to Thursday night’s vice presidential debate.”

In 2008, Obama won the swing states by a combined margin of 53 percent to 46 percent, which was virtually identical to his national margin.

“In the swing states, 44 percent of voters are now certain they’ll vote for Romney and won’t change their minds,” Rasmussen added. “Forty-one percent are certain they will vote for the president.”

Nationally, Romney also leads by two points in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

The swing states collectively hold 146 Electoral College votes and include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.


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