Poll: Obama holds lead over Romney in Fla., Ohio, and Pa.

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President Obama holds a solid lead over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the three key battleground states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, according to a new poll.

Obama is beating Obama by six points in Florida and Ohio and a whopping 11 points in Pennsylvania, the Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll found: (51-45%, Fla.; 50-44%, Ohio; and 53-42%, Pa.).

While the president carried all three states in 2008, Joe Scarborough expressed surprise that Romney was performing poorly in Florida in particular.

“The president’s doing very well in one swing state after another,” Scarborough said during Morning Joe Wednesday. “Here is Florida, which is such a Republican state…it is so conservative—it has one of the most conservative governors in America, and yet, the presumptive Republican nominee losing by six points in Florida and things aren’t much better in Ohio. This has got to be troubling on the first day in August for the Romney team.”

msnbc’s Andrea Mitchell, who also appeared on Morning Joe, echoed what others have said in recent weeks: Despite complaints about yet another negative ad campaign season, “the way the Obama campaign has just hammered Romney” with negative ads was making an impact.

Also boosting Obama in the polls is Romney’s own “stiff” and “awkward” manner, Scarborough added, not to mention his “inability to get out of the way of a punch that everybody else sees” coming.

“As a politician, Mitt Romney is inept,” Scarborough surmised.

 

Poll: Obama holds lead over Romney in Fla., Ohio, and Pa.

Updated