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October 19th, 2012
09:28 PM ET

New CNN Poll: Romney sees an upswing in Florida

A brand new CNN poll shows the Republican candidate Mitt Romney ahead in the crucial battleground state of Florida. The sunshine state is home to 29 electoral votes.

Romney is now leading there by one point over President Barack Obama. Our last poll, back in August, showed the president ahead by 4 points. And people over the age of 50 make up nearly 50 percent of Florida's voting age population and they are also leaning towards Romney, 56 to 43.

Could the president win a second term without Florida? And why has he lost so much ground in this crucial swing state?

FL race tightening; DNC chair is OutFront

OutFront tonight: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, democratic national committee chair.CNN Poll: Close contest for Florida's 29 electoral votes

Three days before the final presidential debate, a new survey in the biggest of the battleground states indicates the race for the White House is basically tied.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted Wednesday and Thursday, entirely after the second presidential debate, 49% of likely voters in Florida say they support Republican nominee Mitt Romney, with 48% backing President Barack Obama. Romney's one point margin is well within the survey's sampling error.

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