Obama Edges Romney in Latest Opinion Polls

    President Barack Obama speaks in Norfolk, Virginia, September 4, 2012.
    President Barack Obama speaks in Norfolk, Virginia, September 4, 2012.
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    New political surveys show that President Barack Obama has a small lead over his Republican rival Mitt Romney, as the two candidates enter the final eight weeks of the U.S. presidential election campaign.
     
    The Gallup and Rasmussen Reports polls Monday showed President Obama ahead of Romney by 5 percent following last week's Democratic National Convention.
     
    More importantly, President Obama is leading in some key states, including Ohio, North Carolina and Colorado.
     
    The two candidates had been virtually tied in surveys a week ago after the Republican National Convention.  
     
    Romney's campaign team said it is not worried about the current polls because it is natural that a candidate gets a boost in support after his party's convention.
     
    Obama leads Mr. Romney 50 percent to 45 percent among likely voters in Ohio, according to a survey released Sunday by Public Policy Polling. The five-point lead in the midwestern state is the president's largest in that poll since early May.
     
    But in North Carolina, where Democrats gathered last week to nominate the incumbent for a second term, a PPP survey Monday shows the president just slightly ahead of his Republican challenger, 49 to 48. 
     
    Obama's re-election campaign, for the first time in several months, narrowly raised more money in August than Romney's campaign.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.
    The candidates are focusing their campaigning on key states where the surveys show voter sentiment is virtually split between the two. The U.S. does not elect its presidents by popular vote, but rather through an electoral college system in which each state's influence on the outcome is weighted by its population.

    Obama's re-election campaign, for the first time in several months, narrowly out-raised Romney's fundraising effort in August.

    Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, said Sunday the campaign had pulled in $114 million last month in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee.  Hours earlier, the Romney campaign announced it had raised $111 million in August along with the Republican National Committee.

    Although Romney was out-raised in August, it was the third straight month his campaign had collected more than $100 million and he has more cash in the bank than the president, as they head to the November 6 election.

    Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.
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    by: Keven from: Florida
    September 17, 2012 1:45 AM
    Name one good thing that Obama has done? And don't say Binldin. That intell came down from the Bush years. You wate and see what the health care is going to turn into. For all of you with work place health care now just wate and see what happens when the place you work for puts the math together and finds out that it is cheeper to pay the fine for not covering you and your family. Rather you will find out how bad the public plan will be. for you that have no health coverage it is a good thing BUT America has got to stop holding their hands out and insted put them to work.

    by: sonny from: pa
    September 13, 2012 5:33 PM
    Don't vote for the party that tortures.

    by: Jerry Mtweve from: Africa
    September 13, 2012 9:04 AM
    Obama is great and well focused for better American future

    by: heshukui from: China
    September 13, 2012 8:15 AM
    I believe President Barack Obama !
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    by: Hoang from: Canada
    September 18, 2012 6:54 AM
    Everybody in China hopes Obama win so China can continue to bully weaker neighbouring countries like Vietnam and Phillipines and claim entire East Sea without impunity. Chinese know they can get away with more under Obama because he is weaker of the two. Obama is first president to openly admit Tibet belong to China and avoid meeting the Dalai Lama to apease China. U.S. enemies and countries in Middle East do not respect the U.S. under Obama.

    by: Tony Chu from: Viet Nam
    September 11, 2012 7:44 PM
    I think Mr Romney will win. Because he is very confident and powerful. Obana is not. We just look at their eyes and smile . We will see that.

    by: Mehdi
    September 11, 2012 4:14 PM
    Romny is better than obama .democrat party is not strong enough.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    September 10, 2012 11:03 AM
    Well, we're not getting scared by those figures. God is on the side of the righteous. With the news of Obama's signing into law the 666 mark into law to take effect soon after the elections should be enough reason to scare voters come November 6. But who fixed that election date on the 6th which seems to agree with the 666 mark? Surely, by the time the Americans understand what's at stake, the polls will change, power must change hand, and the hellish invaders will throw in the towel. Only let the Godly people keep courage, victory is sure.
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    by: Teresa from: Atlanta
    September 11, 2012 10:06 AM
    Connie, your off your rocker. If you had half a brain you would realize that if Obama gets re-elected we want have any rights, and if you don't believe that look up the latest video about the NATO troops and women's right, if this country gets under his control for 4 more years you'll have about as many rights as Muslim woman do.
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    by: Connie from: Pembine, WI
    September 10, 2012 9:34 PM
    Godwin, you are off your rocker! Who gives a care about all that 666 malarky. I am much more worried about actual REAL issues like women's salaries, their reproductive rights, the loss of the middle class in this country and the devaluing of common worker's rights. Let's hope to GOD that Obama is re-elected!

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