Poll finds Obama with lead in Pa., but too close to call in Ohio, Fla.
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President Barack Obama has opened a sizable lead among Pennsylvania voters over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the race for the White House in 2012.
But Mr. Romney has evened the score in two other so-called swing states, according a poll released Thursday morning.
The Quinnipiac University poll shows Mr. Obama with a 47-39 percent lead among likely voters in the Keystone State. Mr. Romney, however, holds a 44-43 percent edge in Florida but trails, 44-42 percent in Ohio -- races that statistically are too close to call.
No one has won the White House since 1960 without carrying at least two of these three swing states.
The numbers are "a turnaround from the end of March when the president enjoyed leads in those key states," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The good news for the president is that he has an 8-point lead in Pennsylvania, approaching the 11-point margin he had in carrying the Keystone State in 2008."
In Pennsylvania, women give Mr. Obama a 52-35 percent lead. Men give Mr. Romney a 44-41 percent edge. The state's voters approve by 50-46 percent of the job Mr. Obama is doing and say by 50-46 percent he deserves four more years.
Read the complete Quinnipiac University poll news release for more detailed information.
From April 25 through Tuesday, Quinnipiac University surveyed:
• 1,168 Pennsylvania voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent.
• 1,169 Florida voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent;
• 1,130 Ohio voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent,
First Published May 3, 2012 6:34 am