Mitt Romney solidified his lead over incumbent Barack Obama in Florida, according to two new polls published Friday. The surveys eliminate doubts about Romney’s post-debate front-runner status.
The Republican presidential candidate also leads in New Hampshire, according to a new survey by the American Research Group, reports The Hill.
Romney has pulled ahead in Florida, 49 percent to 46 percent for Mr. Obama, and holds a 50 percent to 46 percent lead over the President in New Hampshire. Both are crucial battleground states in election 2012.
Another poll by Rasmussen released Friday shows Romney ahead 51-47 percent in Florida.
The new polls showing Romney leading in Florida and New Hampshire come on the heels of a Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Herald exclusive Florida poll published Thursday that put Romney's margin over Obama at 51 percent to 44 percent.
The American Research Group shows Romney's post-debate gains among women and independents are significant. Romney leads 49-45 percent among independents, and now only trails the president by 3 points with women in Florida. However Romney holds an 11-point lead among men.
Romney also leads Obama with Independents in New Hampshire, 48 to 45 percent and is all but even with Obama among women, coming in one point under. Romney has a double-digit lead over Obama with men and those over 50 years old in the state.
The American Research Group surveys were conducted through Thursday night, and do not account for any movement that may have occurred after Thursday night's vice presidential showdown between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
Pundits predict there will be little movement in polls after the only vice presidential debate Thursday.