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Obama leads Romney in 3 crucial swing states

(Xinhua)

10:11, March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has opened his widest lead over Republican presidential candidates in crucial swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

The poll results showed Obama leads GOP front-runner Mitt Romney with 49 percent to 42, and Rick Santorum 50 percent to 37. In Ohio, the president leads Romney 47 percent to 41, and Santorum 47 percent to 40.

The closest contest came in Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania, where Obama leads Romney 45 percent to 42 percent, and leads Santorum 48 percent to 41. All rich in electoral votes and independent voters, the three states will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election.

The president won all three states in 2008.

"President Barack Obama is on a roll in the key swing states," Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Peter Brown said in a statement.

"If the election were today, he would carry at least two states. And if history repeats itself, that means he would be reelected. But the election is not today. It is seven months away. Two months ago President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney were in a statistical tie in Ohio and Florida," he added.

The polls were conducted between March 20 and 26, and have a 2. 8 percent margin of error. U.S. media reports indicated the unfavorability of GOP candidates maybe in part due to the prolonged intra-party fighting.

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