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Democrats face an early vote hurdle in Fla



The RealClearPolitics polling average now has Mitt Romney leading Obama in Florida by just a single point. The latest Quinnipiac poll showing Obama up a point is sure to draw some scoffs from Republicans since its sample was 37 percent Democrat, 30 percent Republican, and 29 percent independent.

"In Florida Democrats now lead in ballots cast just 48 hours after in-person early voting began. In 2008 it took us nearly a week after in-person early voting began before we had a lead," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says an a state of the race video released today.

But a Republican yesterday noted that at this point in 2008, Democrats held a 134,774-vote lead in Florida. As of yesterday. Democrats led by less than 41,000 – a nearly 70 percent drop.

The Obama campaign does not dispute those numbers.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:13am]


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