Monday, October 15, 2012 at 9:01 a.m.
If Barack Obama wants to win Florida and nab its vital 29 electoral votes, he's got some big-time work to do at tomorrow's debate.
The first poll, which comes from Public Policy Polling, finds that Romney now leads Obama in Florida 49 to 48 percent.
That's within the range of error, but it confirms what other recent polls have found -- Romney got a big bounce among independents with his debate dismantling of Obama. PPP's last poll in Florida in late September had Obama with a 50 to 46 percent lead.
That change came mostly via independent voters, who favored Obama 51 to 40 percent before the debate and now prefer Romney 51 to 43 percent.
"Voters have warmed up to Romney a good bit," the polling firm writes
. "Meanwhile Obama's approval numbers have gone the other way."
The difference here? Yep, Cuban-Americans, who are starting to mass behind Mitt Romney's campaign after a lukewarm start.
A survey of 1,000 Hispanic voters found Obama destroying Romney nationwide 66 to 33 percent. In Florida, though, Obama's only leading 51 to 44 percent.
Subtract the Cuban vote from the poll, the Herald reports, and Obama's Florida numbers are similar to his national support -- 66 percent to 33 percent.
As usual, it seems, the battle for Florida could well come down to Miami-Dade's Cuban-American turnout.
Hey Obama: Why not throw an anti-Castro line or two into the debate on Tuesday?
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