According to a newly released poll by CBS/The New York Times/Quinnipiac University, President Obama has a five-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the key battleground state of Ohio. At one time, the same poll gave Obama a six- to 10-point lead in Ohio, but despite gains by Romney, it remains a significant advantage in the waning days of the campaigns.
The stat must be of particular concern to the Romney camp, given that no Republican has ever ascended to the White House without winning Ohio. However, according to polling analyst Scott Rasmussen, Romney still stands a chance if he loses Ohio–but only if he can win Wisconsin, a state in which he also trails.
The good news for Romney is that the poll suggests he’s tightened races in Florida in Virginia. Here’s how Quinnipiac interprets the numbers:
By wide margins, voters in each state say President Obama cares about their needs and problems more than Gov. Romney, but the Republican is seen as a leader by more voters.
On who is better able to fix the economy, 49 percent of Florida voters pick Romney, with 47 percent for Obama; 49 percent of Ohio voters pick Obama, with 48 percent for Romney, and 50 percent of Virginia voters pick Romney, with 46 percent for Obama.
Based on these numbers–and the proud hunting and fishing traditions of Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia and Florida–one has to wonder what impact sportsmen will have on Election Day.
Hunting and Gun Issues on State Ballots
State and federal political battles aren’t the only things playing out on ballots this election cycle. A variety of firearm and hunting issues will appear on state ballots on Tuesday, and The Washington Times’ Emily Miller has provided a terrific round-up. Here’s a summary:
Kentucky, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming: Citizens will vote on whether to ratify their state constitutions to include a right to hunt.
Alabama: Voters will decide whether to reauthorize a 20-year-old amendment that uses natural gas royalties to pay for public lands for hunting and fishing.
Louisiana: Voters have the opportunity to reverse language in the state constitution that allows the legislature to ban any guns it doesn’t declare to be “reasonable”.