Poll: Romney slashes Obama's lead in Minnesota

Mitt Romney has halved President Barack Obama's lead in Minnesota, further evidence that the presumptive Republican nominee is outperforming expectations in the Upper Midwest. The president now leads Romney 46 to 40 percent, The Hill reports.
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A new poll suggests that Mitt Romney is charging hard in Minnesota, cutting President Barack's Obama's lead in half, The Hill reports.

Obama's advantage is held primarily through a 2-1 edge among moderate voters and a 14-point lead among women, according to the poll released Monday by SurveyUSA and KSTP, The Hill says.

Romney voters are divided on which Republican Romney should pick as his running mate: 36 percent name former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Twenty-nine percent name Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, KSTP reports.

Elsewhere, there was good news for the president. A new Gallup poll suggests his job approval has steadily edged up in recent months and now significantly outpaces that of Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush — the two most recent incumbents to be denied a second term — although the president remains below the crucial 50 percent threshold, The Hill reports.

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