On the show today: Will the Mitt-mentum continue?
A new TIME poll finds that President Barack Obama has a 5 point lead on Governor Mitt Romney in Ohio among likely voters, 49-44% (margin of error ±3%). If those numbers hold up, it seems unlikely Governor Romney can win the state, which makes his path to 270 electoral votes much, much harder.
The poll also finds that early voting is providing a boon for the President, who leads Governor Romney 60-30% in that demographic. Yet among those who have yet to vote in the Buckeye state? An even split for both candidates, 45-45%.
With 12 days to go before the election and both nominees campaigning hard in the state, it's could be a tall order for the Republican ticket to close the gap before November 6th. Moreover, without a foreseeable "contest-modifier" ahead (i.e. a debate), it's hard to envision a development that would significantly alter the landscape in Ohio.
They say as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. In spite of the latest numbers though, this race is not decided and there are some electoral outcomes that could make for a very interesting next 4 years. We'll bring it to the table when we see you today at noon ET on NOW.
John Harwood, CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent/The New York Times (@johnjharwood)
Michael Scherer, TIME (@michaelscherer)
Sam Stein, The Huffington Post/msnbc Contributor (@samsteinhp)
Glenn Thrush, Sr. White House Reporter, POLITICO (@glennthrush)
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood/Obama Supporter (@cecilerichards)