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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio newspaper organization poll shows President Barack Obama with a five-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in this crucial swing state.
The poll out Sunday gives Obama a 51 percent to 46 percent lead. The Dispatch/Ohio Newspaper Organization poll conducted Sept. 13-18 shows Obama with a similar advantage among likely Ohio voters who think the president would do the best job improving the state’s economy.
A combined 63 percent of likely voters said they were either better off or about the same as four years ago.
Obama’s edge comes as the presidential candidates, their running mates and spouses continue to blanket the battleground state in political appearances.
Also, a new poll shows Democrat Sherrod Brown has a slight lead in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
The Ohio Newspaper Organization poll finds Brown with a 52 percent to 45 percent lead over Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel in a closely watched race nationally.
The poll released today shows that Brown is doing well among women and independents likely to vote.
The two candidates are running evenly among male voters.