Poll: Obama stretches Ohio lead to 4 points

President Obama has stretched out a 4-point lead in the crucial battleground of Ohio, Public Policy Polling (PPP) said Sunday.

Obama leads Mitt Romney 51 percent to 47 among likely voters, the Democratic-leaning pollster said.

PPP had found Obama with a 1-point edge last week, but said the president had consolidated his support among Democrats and narrowed Romney’s lead among independents.

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Ohio has turned out to be one of — if not the most — closely watched states in this year’s presidential campaign. Both Obama and Romney would appear to have a difficult path to 270 electoral votes without the Buckeye State, and the two campaigns have flooded the state with advertisements and visited frequently.

The PPP poll also comes the same day that a poll from a consortium of Ohio newspapers found the president and Romney locked in a tie, at 49 percent apiece. Suffolk and Rasmussen also found the race tied in recent days.

But other polls, from Time and CNN, show Obama ahead, with a lead similar to what PPP found.



According to PPP, likely voters are roughly split in their opinions on both Obama and Romney, with 51 percent of voters approving of the president and 47 percent having a positive view of the former Massachusetts governor.


Obama also held a lead among those who said they had already cast their vote, and had the trust of more voters on both the economy and foreign affairs.

Romney, meanwhile, held a 50 percent to 46 edge among independent voters.

Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanFive takeaways from the Indiana primary Overnight Finance: IRS hiring hundreds of new tax enforcers ‘It’s a King Kong vs. Godzilla kind of race’ MORE (R-Wis.), has been barnstorming across Ohio throughout the weekend. Romney himself joined up with Ryan on Sunday, after Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of scheduled events in another key swing state, Virginia.

Obama had been scheduled to campaign in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. But the storm has forced Obama to bow out of the event, though Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to make first WHCD appearance: report If you’re going to meet with Merrick Garland Biden on cancer research: 'I’ve been on the other end of the need' MORE and former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonVictorious Trump attacks Clinton on NAFTA The Trail 2016: Indiana gets ugly on GOP judgment day Clinton: ‘Reservation' remark wasn’t about Bill MORE are still expected to appear.

The PPP poll also found Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownDem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts Lawmaker offers bill to impose 'exit tax' on expatriating companies For Clinton, there's really only one choice for veep MORE (D-Ohio) opening up a 53-42 lead over his challenger, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, as he seeks a second term.

PPP, which uses automated telephone calls, surveyed 718 likely voters in Ohio from Friday to Sunday. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 3.7 percent.

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