While national polls have consistently shown a tight race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the results of two new polls by the Washington Post suggest that Obama is well on his way to securing the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
The results of the Washington Post polls released Tuesday show Obama leading Romney in the key swing states of Ohio and Florida, which account for a total of 47 electoral votes.
The Ohio poll showed Obama with a 52 percent to 44 percent lead among likely voters and a slightly wider 52 percent to 41 percent lead among registered voters.
Obama has a narrower 51 percent to 47 percent lead over Romney among likely Florida voters, with the four-point lead within the margin of error.
However, the president has a statistically significant 52 percent to 43 percent lead among registered Florida voters.
The latest poll results come on the heels of a separate Washington Post poll released last week showing Obama with a 52 percent to 44 percent lead among likely voters in Virginia.
The Washington Post noted, "More than half of all money spent in the campaign has focused on these three states, and many analysts say Romney has to win two of the three to capture the White House."
"There are few plausible ways for Romney to win the election were he to lose both Florida and Ohio, and even losing one of them would make a path to victory exceedingly narrow," the paper added.
The Washington Post surveyed 925 registered Florida voters, including 769 likely voters, and 934 registered Ohio voters, including 759 likely voters.
Both polls had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points among registered voters and plus or minus 4.5 percentage points among likely voters.
by RTT Staff Writer
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