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article imageRomney turns Blue Minnesota orange in poll

By Larry Clifton     Oct 28, 2012 in Politics
Minneapolis - Romney turned a blue state orange in a Sunday poll just nine days ahead of the election. Minnesota was supposed to be a safe bet for Obama, in the bag, so to speak, for the President.
However a StarTribune poll out Sunday that was taken entirely after the final debate shows Romney pulling within 3 points of Obama in the state among likely voters, according to the StarTribune in Minneapolis. The Minnesota poll shows Obama with 47% to Romney’s 44%, which is within the survey’s margin for sampling error.
Sunday's survey and competing television ads by the candidates in the state suggest Minnesota is very much in play less than two weeks from the election. In 2008, Obama romped on McCain in Minnesota 54% to 44%. The poll suggests Obama will have to fight for Minnesota all the way to the finish line in 2012.
Obama campaign to counter a new ad buy by Romney's campaign in Minnesota suggest a tightening race in a state that turned out overwhelmingly for then-Illinois Senator Obama in 2008 – 54% to Republican Sen. John McCain's 44%.
The Star Tribune poll indicates likely Romney would better handle the economy, according to Minnesota voters. Forty-eight percent of the survey's respondents said the former Massachusetts governor would help to improve the economy while Forty-four 44% said Obama would be better. Romney's advantage on the economy is within the survey's sampling error.
Mr. Obama will need to keep Minnesota’s women from leaving his camp in order to stop Romney’s momentum. Women go for Obama with a 16-point spread while men split for Romney by an 11-point spread.
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