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Polls Show Obama Leading In Key Swing States

5/2/2012 2:15 PM ET

While the election is still over six months away, the results of a batch of recent polls show President Barack Obama leading presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in several key swing states.

The polls showed Obama leading in Virginia, Nevada, and North Carolina after winning all three states in the 2008 election against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

A Public Policy Polling survey found Obama with a 51 percent to 43 percent lead over Romney in Virginia, reflecting an improvement from the 48 percent to 42 percent lead the president had in a December poll.

PPP said its surveys have consistently found Obama leading in Virginia by margins similar to his 6-point victory there in 2008.

Despite showing sold approval numbers for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the poll found that adding him to the ticket would not do much to help Romney's prospects.

A separate survey by Rasmussen Reports showed Obama with a 52 percent to 44 percent lead over Romney in Nevada.

Obama won Nevada by a margin of 55 percent to 43 percent in 2008 after President George W. Bush won the state in the two previous elections. Nevada has voted for the winning candidate in each of the presidential elections since 1980.

Additionally, a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WRAL-TV in Raleigh showed Obama with a 47 percent to 43 percent lead over Romney in North Carolina.

The poll showed that Obama benefits from strong support among women, African Americans, and moderate voters.

Obama narrowly defeated McCain in North Carolina in 2008, becoming the first Democrat to win the state since President Jimmy Carter in 1976.

by RTT Staff Writer

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