To win re-election, President Barack Obama needs to hold his ground in a lot of swing states. A new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday shows President Barack Obama opening a 52% to 44% lead over Mitt Romney in Michigan. It's an a 8-point margin lead among likely voters in Michigan.
OutFront tonight: CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King.
CNN Poll: Romney trailing in birth state
It's the state where Mitt Romney was born and where his father served as governor, but a new poll indicates President Barack Obama is leading the Republican nominee in the race for Michigan's 16 electoral votes.
According to a CNN/ORC International survey (PDF) released Wednesday, 52% of likely voters in Michigan say if the presidential election were held today, they'd vote for the president, with 44% saying they'd cast a ballot for Romney. The poll is the second in a week to indicate Obama with a lead. The president was up 47%-37% over Romney in an EPIC/MRA poll released last week. But polls conducted earlier this summer indicated a closer contest.