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AP: Obama Has ‘Clear Lead’ As IA Voting Starts

From the Associated Press:

Obama ahead of Romney in Iowa polls as vote starts

By THOMAS BEAUMONT | Thurs September 27, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is struggling in swing-state Iowa at a perilous point: just as voters here start casting early ballots in the presidential race.

President Barack Obama has a clear lead in Iowa opinion polls, helped by the fact that the state’s economy is far more robust than other battleground states. The president’s polling edge is so wide it has prompted grumbling among Iowa Republicans who fault Romney for failing to take advantage of Obama’s standing, which had been weakened in the four years since Iowa launched his bid for the White House in 2008…

This is why these polls are getting so outrageous. It’s also why the media and the rest of the Democrat Party love early voting. They can skew the polls early on, and then make the race tighter in the last weeks before election day, to try to preserve their so-called credibility.

Here the AP is basically telling the early voters in Iowa (and everywhere, really) ‘Obama is so far ahead in the polls he can’t lose. So why waste your vote on a loser?’

Iowans on Thursday can begin voting in person at early voting sites and returning absentee ballots they’ve requested by mail or in person. Iowa Republicans are mindful that the perception of Romney in deep trouble could sway voters already casting ballots — or dissuade volunteers from encouraging backers to turn out at the polls

In reality, it’s the media that is "mindful" of the power of their polls to "sway voters" and "dissuade volunteers." And campaign contributions. And they are going full bore.

If the polls are right, the GOP ticket has a lot of ground to make up.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll taken last week found Romney trailing Obama by 8 percentage points, a finding that mirrored recent internal polls from Democrats and Republicans alike…

The Marist poll breakdown for Iowa was 36% Democrat, 31% Republican and 33% Independent. In other words, they oversampled Democrats by 5%. In reality, Democrats only had a 1% turnout advantage in 2008, when the enthusiasm for Obama was at its peak.

But the AP wants Iowan Romney supporters to believe that all is lost.

And then there is this, from Reuters:

Losing ground in Ohio, Romney says his "heart aches" for jobless

By Steve Holland and Lisa Lambert | Wed September 27, 2012

BEDFORD HEIGHTS/BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Reuters) – The race for president focused squarely on the battle for working-class votes on Wednesday, as Republican Mitt Romney scrambled to make up ground on Democratic President Barack Obama in the crucial battleground state of Ohio.

On a day when the rivals held dueling events across the state, Romney mixed empathy for the unemployed – at one point, he said his "heart aches" for the jobless – with attacks on Obama’s trade policy toward China…

Romney’s heart really doesn’t ache for the jobless. He is just saying that as a political ploy to try to get votes.

Romney’s cause was made more urgent by a new Quinnipiac University/New York Times poll that indicated Obama led the former Massachusetts governor by 10 percentage points in Ohio and was ahead by similar margins in two other important states – Florida and Pennsylvania.

Just look how the news media manage to work these skewed polls into every article. And, once again, that CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac poll oversampled Ohio Democrats by 9%. They oversampled Democrats in Florida by 7%. And they oversampled Pennsylvania Democrats by 11%.

By the way, Obama has been to Ohio 29 times to campaign. 29 times! And he is scheduled to go there several more times just this week. It doesn’t sound like he thinks Ohio is in the bag.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP: Obama Has ‘Clear Lead’ As IA Voting Starts”

  1. ilzito guacamolito says:


    Put your blinders on and vote for Romney.

  2. geronl says:

    They are desiring the bandwagon effect and to demoralize Republican voters. It is their only hope at this point.


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