The Madeleine Brand Show for August 1, 2012

New polls show Obama leading in key states

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President Obama and Mitt Romney in Ohio.

New polls released today show President Obama leading in three battleground states: Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. President Obama took all three states in the 2008 election.

The surveys from Quinnipiac Univerisity, CBS News and the New York Times show President Obama leading Mitt Romney by six percentage points in Florida and Ohio, and by 11 points in Pennsylvania.

The polls found that the economy is the top concern in these states, but voters are not pleased with how the president has handled the economy.

His support in Pennsylvania is largely from women and independents. In Ohio, it's women and in Florida, Hispanics. Ohio is particularly a key state for candidates, the victor of the last 12 presidential elections has won Ohio.

Guest:

Mark McKinnon, republican strategist


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