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Obama’s Battleground Advantage

President Obama has an edge in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to new polling from The New York Times and Quinnipiac. And it’s his personal appeal that’s giving him the advantage, as he continues to struggle to convince voters that he’s doing a good job handling the economy. Still, his leads in the three states are not insignificant: He’s up by six in Florida and Ohio and eleven in Pennsylvania. And it’s probably safe to say whoever wins two of these three states should win the election.

 

Mitt Romney, who called for the American auto industry to go bankrupt (without help from the government), is hitting President Obama for the auto bailout in a new TV ad.

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says a Bain investor told him Romney didn’t pay any taxes for ten years. That’s a big and potentially dangerous charge to make, but if Romney holds firm and doesn’t release any more of his tax returns, it may have staying power.

 

A new study finds Romney’s tax plan would – surprise, surprise – help the rich and increase the burden on the poor and middle classes.

 

Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz wins the runoff election in Texas to be the Republican nominee in the fall. Cruz is already being compared to Marco Rubio, Ronald Reagan and President Obama.

 

And the prolific and celebrated writer Gore Vidal dies at the age of 86.

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