Washington, Oct. 29: The buzz that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has finally caught up with President Barack Obama in Ohio ‘dialed down’ after a new poll showed the incumbent maintaining, and slightly expanding, his lead in the must-win state.
Earlier surveys by Ohio media outlets showed that the two presidential contenders were tied in the Buckeye State, but a new Public Policy Polling showed that Obama now has a four-percentage point lead over his rival in the crucial swing state.
Nearly 51 percent respondents preferred to vote for Obama as compared to 47 percent who preferred Romney.
“It’s starting to look like Obama might have turned the corner with his wins in the second and third debates,” PPP reported.
According to the New York Daily News, before the PPP poll was released, both the campaigns insisted they had the advantage in the ultimate swing state.
“Right now, I believe we’re currently ahead,” Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich had said, adding: “Honestly, I believe that Romney is going to carry Ohio.”
Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, claimed that the president was beating Romney 3-1 in early voting in some areas of the state, the report said.
“We feel good about Ohio,” Cutter said, adding: “We think we’re going to win it.”
Ohio has 18 electoral votes, and no Republican presidential candidate has ever won the White House without winning it, it added. (ANI)