President Obama has opened clear leads over Mitt Romney in three critical battlegrounds of the November election, according to new polls by NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and Marist College.
In Florida, the largest swing state with 29 electoral votes, Mr. Obama leads by Romney among likely voters by 49 percent to 44 percent.
In Virginia, with 13 electoral votes, Mr. Obama leads by the same 49 percent to 44 percent margin.
And in Ohio, with 18 electoral votes, the Democratic incumbent leads his Republican challenger by 50 percent to 43 percent.
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Obama leading in new swing state polls
There's a long way to go until election day but President Obama is pulling ahead in a few key states.