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Current News on Swing States...Concerns?

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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A slew of new polls suggests that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is lagging behind President Obama in several crucial swing states.

The polls comes as the Romney campaign has shrugged off Obama’s post-convention bounce as a “sugar high” and as Republicans have urged Romney to get more specific about his agenda.

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He also faced push back from prominent conservatives over his criticism of Obama after the violence in Egypt and Libya.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Maristpoll shows Romney trailing Obama by at least five point in Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

In Florida, which has 29 electoral votes — up from 27 in 2008 — Obama has a five-point lead among likely voters and an eight-point lead among registered voters.

Romney is expected to visit the Sunshine State for high-dollar fundraisers and campaign events next week.

In Ohio, where Romney will hold campaign events Friday, Obama has a clear edge for that state’s 18 electoral votes — 50 percent of likely voters back the president and 43 percent support Romney. Obama’s job approval rating among likely voters is also 50 percent, although an equal share of voters say the country is heading in the wrong direction.

The share of undecided voters in the Buckeye State is 6 percent, according to the poll.

“This is an electorate that pretty much is now all about, from the campaign standpoint, mobilization. Persuasion is going to take a second seat right now,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, in an interview with NBC News. “This is about getting your base out, not about appealing to a shrinking middle.”

Since 1944, Ohio has gone with the winner of the presidential election every year except 1960.

Obama and Vice President Biden have lavished attention on Ohio, visiting frequently and emphasizing what they view as the success of the auto bailout and Obama’s role in the state’s lowered unemployment rate — 8.6 percent in January 2009 and 7.2 percent now.

Romney’s path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency is much steeper than Obama’s. The former Massachusetts governor must win two of these three battleground states; Obama can win just one and keep the White House with victories out West.

Obama has a lead in Virginia, which he won in 2008, and where the unemployment rate is lower than the national average. Romney launched an ad blitz last week in the state, highlighting possible cuts to defense spending that would be enacted under a deal reached last summer by the White House and Congress that was designed to force action on the deficit.

Rather than expanding the map to states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan, Romney’s field of play seems to be shrinking. His campaign had hoped that his Michigan roots would play well in that state, but a new poll shows him lagging by 10 points there.

Romney has tried to score points over the situation in the Middle East, with aides suggesting that the wave of deadly protests would not have happened if Romney were at the helm.

Yet Republicans say Romney must lay out a clearer vision of what he would do in the White House if he is to make inroads on foreign policy, an area where Obama has a double-digit lead.

“Romney has a serious opportunity to emotionally connect with Americans who are concerned about our national security. Without agreeing with the administration, he can still praise the current actions of the military and the State Department handling the crisis, while loudly demanding that countries around the world provide the necessary protection around our embassies,” said Ron Bonjean, a GOP strategist. “He may also have to deliver a serious foreign policy speech that would make him look presidential and less in campaign mode.”

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shimamab
by on Sep. 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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Let me take a shot at the right's response to this:

It's still the Clinton bounce and the polls are all skewed. Romney will win in Nov and those who don't agree are minions/sheeple/zombies who are either stupid or need to "wake up".

How'd I do? :)
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LIMom1105
by on Sep. 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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Thanks for posting, though I'm sure there will be claims that these numbers are rigged by the dreaded liberal elite media. Or that the numbers don't matter.

Over the next few weeks, how Obama handles the situation in the Middle East will make or break him IMO. He has one thing in his favor though, people are loathe to change leaders in tumultuous times. Especially when the opposition has little to offer in terms of concrete, rational plans.
LIMom1105
by on Sep. 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Quoting shimamab:

Let me take a shot at the right's response to this:

It's still the Clinton bounce and the polls are all skewed. Romney will win in Nov and those who don't agree are minions/sheeple/zombies who are either stupid or need to "wake up".

How'd I do? :)



An option I didn't consider!
Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Sep. 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I guess those on the right are too busy on the ME events to comment about MR's poll numbers...in the places that count. A direct line to the presidency and crickets. Very interesting, IMO-

shimamab
by on Sep. 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Between the ME and recycling the old Obama is a baby killer bs, they have their hands full
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godotherightthi
by on Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

What's the question?  Do I think this will be an easy win for Romney?  No.  Am I concerned he may lose?  Of course.  The best candidate doesn't always win.

tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I persoonally am not worried.There is still time.What should I be doing freaking out? lol

notonepercenter
by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM


Quoting godotherightthi:

What's the question?  Do I think this will be an easy win for Romney?  No.  Am I concerned he may lose?  Of course.  The best candidate doesn't always win.

I agree the best candidate doesn't always win, but come November the right candidate, our current leader of the free world, Barack Obama will win!  No worries here!  Romney needs to check himself before he wrecks himself.  One issue he struggles with at the moment is trying to do a job he hasn't been hired to do yet.  Shut up and watch Mitt!  I'm sure he's accustomed to being the most important person in the room, (board room, that is), but . . . his experience with shipping jobs overseas does NOT qualify him to speak on foreign affairs, especially while they are still unfolding!  Open mouth - insert foot!

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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Quoting notonepercenter:

 

Quoting godotherightthi:

What's the question?  Do I think this will be an easy win for Romney?  No.  Am I concerned he may lose?  Of course.  The best candidate doesn't always win.

I agree the best candidate doesn't always win, but come November the right candidate, our current leader of the free world, Barack Obama will win!  No worries here!  Romney needs to check himself before he wrecks himself.  One issue he struggles with at the moment is trying to do a job he hasn't been hired to do yet.  Shut up and watch Mitt!  I'm sure he's accustomed to being the most important person in the room, (board room, that is), but . . . his experience with shipping jobs overseas does NOT qualify him to speak on foreign affairs, especially while they are still unfolding!  Open mouth - insert foot!

To help with job creation Obama just hired the former CEO of GE (Jeffrey Immelt), who during his tenure at GE oversaw the outsourcing hundreds of jobs to China.

notonepercenter
by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM


Quoting rocketracer:

 

Quoting notonepercenter:

 

Quoting godotherightthi:

What's the question?  Do I think this will be an easy win for Romney?  No.  Am I concerned he may lose?  Of course.  The best candidate doesn't always win.

I agree the best candidate doesn't always win, but come November the right candidate, our current leader of the free world, Barack Obama will win!  No worries here!  Romney needs to check himself before he wrecks himself.  One issue he struggles with at the moment is trying to do a job he hasn't been hired to do yet.  Shut up and watch Mitt!  I'm sure he's accustomed to being the most important person in the room, (board room, that is), but . . . his experience with shipping jobs overseas does NOT qualify him to speak on foreign affairs, especially while they are still unfolding!  Open mouth - insert foot!

To help with job creation Obama just hired the former CEO of GE (Jeffrey Immelt), who during his tenure at GE oversaw the outsourcing hundreds of jobs to China.

Very good! Now, show more work.  lol!

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