Two recent 2012 U.S. polls, a Fox News poll and the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, show President Barack Obama widening his lead in Florida. Both polls are showing a 5 point bulge in Obama's favor, 49 to 44.
The state has 29 of the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House and has long been a key swing state in U.S. elections. A 5 point lead is considered a wide gap in Florida, where both candidates have been barnstorming to try and capture voters. Other polls have the race tighter, Rasmussen Reports has Obama leading by just two.
Poll: Obama leading by 19 among Latinos
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll found that among registered voters Obama is the candidate who would do a "better job of handling the economy" by a 47 to 44 percent margin and the candidate to "do a better job of handling foreign policy" by 51 to 41 percent. In the Fox News poll, Romney leads by 10 points among men while Obama leads by 19 points among women. Obama also leads by 19 points among Florida's Latino voters and he and Joe Biden lead by a whooping 67 to 25 when it comes to voters under 35.
In addition to showing Obama up by 5 in Florida, the Fox News polls showed him up by 7 in two other crucial swing states, Ohio (49 to 42) and Virginia (50 to 43).