Barack Obama has opened a wide lead in three battleground states as GOP challenger Mitt Romney is in danger of falling off the electoral map. In the key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania the U.S. president has vaulted far ahead.
A Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll released today (Wednesday, Sept. 26) has Obama leading by large numbers; he's up 9 in Florida (53 to 44), 10 in Ohio (53 to 43) and has a giant 12 point bulge in Pennsylvania (54 to 42). The poll, conducted from Sept. 18 to 24, found 90 percent of respondents said they had made up their minds. It also found Obama's approval rating 54, Romney's 41.
The survey followed a number of missteps by Romney, one that had actually taken place months ago at a fundraiser for wealthy political allies; a video recently came to light showing Romney telling his rich crowd that 47 percent of American citizens, all of whom vote for Obama, are self-proclaimed "victims" who expect to be taken care of by the U.S. government.
Romney and Republican strategists must now hope that the three presidential debates in October, and the one between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, will help him as he plays catch-up on the road to the Nov. 6 election.