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Poll: Obama Leads Romney in 2 Out Of 3 Battleground States

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US President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign event in Stamford, Connecticut, on August 6, 2012. (JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages)

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign event in Stamford, Connecticut, on August 6, 2012. (JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages)

Election Returns

(KMOX) – The latest poll out the day after the primary election shows President Barack Obama with a slight lead on Mitt Romney in top battleground states.

According to the Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll President Obama leads Romney in Wisconsin by six points, 51% to 45%, and in Virginia by four points 49% to 45%. In Colorado, Romney has a five point edge among likely voters, 50% to 45%.

Colorado: Romney is seen as better able to manage the economy, and voters think his plans are more likely than Obama’s to help them financially. In a reversal from 2008, Romney is leading among whites – whom Obama won narrowly in 2008. White college graduates, whom Obama carried by 14 points in 2008, are now divided, as are independents. Men and voters over 35 are behind Romney, while the President has strong support from Colorado’s women and Hispanic voters.

Virginia: Obama is helped by strong support from women and black voters, and he is much more likely than Romney to be seen as caring about voters’ problems. Romney keeps the race close with support from independents and a large lead among whites, especially non-college educated whites.

Wisconsin: Obama has the backing of women and voters in union households in a state that he carried easily in 2008. More see him rather than Romney as caring about them, and the President has higher favorable and job approval ratings in Wisconsin than in Colorado or Virginia.

In all three states, more voters are optimistic about their state’s economy than about the nation’s economy.

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