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   Poll: Barack Obama bests GOP front-runners

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2/11/2011 2:55 pm

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JENNIFER EPSTEIN

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Entered 2/11/2011, Updated 2/11/2011

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If the presidential election were to happen today, Barack Obama would win eight swing states and one electoral vote-giving congressional district that he won in 2008 but George W. Bush won in 2004, a new poll has found. Obama would win all his match-ups against four likely presidential candidates — Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney — according to surveys conducted by Public Policy Polling over the last three months. In Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Nebraska’s second congressional district, Obama would win by an average of seven points. Romney does the best in match-ups against Obama, trailing by an average of six points. Huckabee trails by eight points, Gingrich by 12 and Palin by 16 points. Obama’s leads are smallest in three states — Ohio, where he leads by 4 percentage points; North Carolina, where he leads by six; and Florida, where he leads by an average of seven points. The poll found double-digit leads ranging from 10 to 15 percent for Obama in Iowa, Nevada and New Mexico.


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