Another poll gives President Obama the edge in critical Ohio
President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio has grown to 8 points, according to a Washington Post poll published on Tuesday, the latest indication of the Republican nominee’s uphill battle in the critical swing state.
Obama has the edge among likely voters, 52 percent to 44 percent, the survey showed. An Ohio Newspaper Poll released on Sunday gave the president a 5-point edge in the Buckeye State.
More than any other swing state, Ohio is a barometer of the nationwide race: In 12 consecutive elections, the candidate who won Ohio won the White House. A Republican has never won a presidential election without taking Ohio.
If he were to lose Ohio, Romney would almost certainly need to secure other swing states, like Florida and Virginia. But the Post also released a Florida poll on Tuesday, which showed Obama leading, 51 percent to 47 percent. And last week, the paper published a Virginia poll, which gave the president an 8-point edge, 52-44.
The Ohio poll did contain some good news for Romney: 13 percent of Obama supporters said they are open to changing their minds before Election Day.
Registered voters in Ohio ranked the economy -- the focus of Romney’s campaign -- as the number one issue issue in the election, with 91 percent saying it will be “extremely” or “very” important in determining how they vote.
Ohio registered voters also said the country is “on the wrong track,” instead of “going in the right direction,” by a margin of 56 percent to 41 percent.
The Ohio poll was conducted between Sept. 19 and 23 and included 1,101 adults. The margin of error for registered voters was 3.5 percentage points, and the margin for likely voters was 4.5 points.Callum Borchers can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.