Today’s Quick Click…
“According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, President Barack Obama holds a four point advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the contest for Ohio’s much fought over 18 electoral votes.
Fifty-percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say they are backing the president, with 46% supporting the former Massachusetts governor. Obama’s four point advantage is within the survey’s sampling error. The survey was conducted Tuesday through Thursday, entirely after Monday’s final presidential debate.”
“President Barack Obama has an advantage in the battleground state of Virginia, a new poll released Saturday shows.
Likely voters in the Old Dominion State split 51% for Obama to 47% for GOP challenger Mitt Romney in the Washington Post poll out Saturday. Obama’s advantage is just outside the poll’s 3.5 point sampling error.”
–>–>As you all know, these states are critical to the election campaigns of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Back in 2008, Virginia and Ohio ended up in the Obama column by healthy, double-digit margins. Flash forward to the present day and the picture is much different. Over the past few weeks, polls in each of these states have been volatile, changing after each party convention and then the debates. Polling now conducted completely AFTER the end of the last debate, however, shows that the race in these states is beginning to settle down back to where it was at the start of the summer: Obama in a small, but growing lead over his GOP rival.
For those of you who read my blog, you might recall one sentence that I said will determine the outcome of this election: “Whoever wins Ohio, wins the White House.” That statement is as true today as it was then. It really doesn’t matter anymore if Romney picks up Florida, Colorado or North Carolina from Team Obama, who won those states in 2008. As long as the President can hang on to his lead in Ohio, he will win re-election. It’s as simple and as frustrating as that.