Obama Opens 10-Point Lead in Ohio, 9 in Florida

Romney camp says polls are 'skewed' path to victory 'wide open'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2012 7:56 AM CDT
Updated Sep 26, 2012 7:58 AM CDT
President Barack Obama answers a question as he returns to the the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – President Obama and Mitt Romney are both campaigning in Ohio today, but a new poll indicates that the swing state may have already swung. Obama's lead there has widened to 10 points, according to a New York Times/Quinnipiac/CBS News poll released today. But Romney's camp is still optimistic; his political director told Politico yesterday that they had "just a nice wide-open path" to victory and weren't focused on any one state.

But the news isn't much better for Romney in other swing states; the Times poll has Obama up by 9 in Florida and 12 in Pennsylvania. Recent polls have told a similar story, prompting some conservatives to complain that the polls are biased. "Skewed samples will get you skewed results," Romney's own pollster tells the Hill. They want the samples weighted by party affiliation, but pollsters tell the National Journal that wouldn't be scientific. Obama's pollster points out that demographic trends are favoring Democrats, telling the Washington Post that Romney's complaint "is frankly a fantasy."

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