Polls: Obama Leads in Ohio, Florida

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Sept. 26 2012 10:02 AM

Latest Poll Numbers: Obama Pulling Ahead in Ohio and Florida

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President Obama waves upon his return at the White House on Tuesday

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More polls, more good news for Team Obama. The latest surveys show the president pulling away in Ohio and Florida, two states long seen as crucial to November's outcome.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

The Washington Post's battleground surveys:

"In the presidential race, Obama is ahead of Romney in Ohio by 52 percent to 44 percent among likely voters. In Florida, the president leads 51 percent to 47 percent, a numerical edge but not a statistically significant one. Among all registered Florida voters, Obama is ahead by nine percentage points."
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And the New York Times':

"In Ohio — which no Republican has won the presidency without — Mr. Obama is leading Mr. Romney 53 percent to 43 percent in the poll. In Florida, the president leads Mr. Romney 53 to 44 percent in the poll.
"The surveys, which had margins of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for each candidate, also included a Pennsylvania poll, where Mr. Obama is leading Mr. Romney by 12 percentage points."

Electoral College refresher: Florida has 29 electoral votes; Ohio has 18.

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