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Poll: Obama Hanging Onto Five Point Lead In Ohio

The latest independent poll in the presidential race in Ohio says President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney remains unchanged from the previous survey. The poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University gives the president a 50 percent to 45 percent lead over Republican Mitt Romney. The same poll gives the President a one-point lead in Florida and a two-point lead in Virginia. Each poll had about a three point margin of error. Women likely voters in Ohio back Obama 56 - 39 percent, virtually unchanged from October 22. Men go with Romney 50 - 44 percent, also virtually unchanged. White voters go to Romney 50 - 45 percent while black voters back Obama 92 - 2 percent. "After being subjected to what seems like a zillion dollars' worth of television ads and personal attention from the two candidates reminiscent of a high-school crush, the key swing states of Florida and Virginia are too close to call with the election only days away," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "President Barack Obama clings to a 5-point lead in Ohio, but Gov. Mitt Romney has narrowed the president's lead that existed in Florida and Virginia before the first debate." The same poll says Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown leads State Treasurer Josh Mandel, the Republican challenger, 51 - 42 percent. Independent voters are divided with 46 percent for Mandel and 44 percent for Brown. The Quinnipiac poll also says 49 percent of Ohio voters approve of the job Gov. John Kasich is doing.