Obama returns to Florida battleground
July 19th, 2012
11:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama returns to Florida battleground

(CNN) – President Barack Obama starts a two-day swing through Florida on Thursday - his seventh trip to the Sunshine State this year.

The battle for the state's 29 electoral votes is a dead heat, according to the most recent polling. A Mason-Dixon survey conducted July 9-11 indicated that 46% of registered voters in Florida were backing the president, with 45% supporting Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Obama's 1-point edge was well within the poll's sampling error.

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Both campaigns and super PACs and other independent groups backing the candidates have flooded Florida airwaves with commercials.

The Obama campaign and pro-Obama groups have spent approximately $13.5 million on ads on broadcast TV in the Sunshine State and the Romney campaign and pro-Romney groups have shelled out around $11.1 million to put up spots, according to data from Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending on broadcast and national cable TV.

The data covers the period from April 10 through July 15. Romney became the party's presumptive nominee after former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his campaign on April 10. Santorum had been Romney's main rival for the nomination after Newt Gingrich's star faded.

Obama carried Florida by three percentage points over Republican nominee Sen. John McCain in 2008. Republicans fared well in Florida in the 2010 midterms, grabbing back four House seats that were held by Democrats.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. WiredweirdinSF

    Jobless claims up, housing starts down, so Obama is going on another fundraiser today and blame it on Romney not showing his tax returns today, rather than meeting with his jobs council or acting on the recommendations of his deficit reduction committee, He might even make time for his 102nd round of golf.

    July 19, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. President the right-wingnuts are foaming at the mouth!! They know as well as we do that you've got their useless boy Robmey between a rockand a hard place, and you haven't started to apply pressure yet.
    You keep campaigning and going to all the so-clled battle states, and other states and talk to the American people.
    What the Rethugs aboslutely hate most of all is how beloved you are by the voters, and how well and deeply you connect when you explain to them everything that has been accomplished and what is yet left to do. They CAN'T BUY THAT all-important and essential quality for their tool Mitt Romney
    WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK MR. PRESIDENT!! WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK!!!!!!
    Obama 2012.

    July 19, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    How about exports are way up. Manufacturing is moving back. Obama12.

    July 19, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. A mn

    I think O blame o is looking for a nice place to retire in Florida for after the November elections

    July 19, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. ObamaJoe

    God bless America,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    God bless President Obama :)

    July 19, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. NameChi

    A meeting with his jobs council for what, republicans won't pass anything he puts on the table!!

    July 19, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA has a FAILURE PROBLEM

    Unemployment claims booming yet again. The Obama Depression continues unabated... Obama plan? ROAD TRIP!! Oh yeah, spend more money we don't have to fund government jobs that we don't need. God save us from the Obama plague.

    July 19, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. jpmichigan

    You built it and Obama will come and get it. Just as he said in 2008 to Joe the "plummer", " When you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody".The moment of truth 4 yeas ago in Ohio accurately forecasted a predidency obsessed with the quest to impose its interpretation of economic justice in the American system. It explains why after 4 years of failure, Obama is still trying to revive a moribund economyby taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor, after laundering it through an exloding federal bureaucracy. Likewise, the starling announcment to business owners last week that their success stems not from their own sweat, skill and sacrifice, but rather from the benevolence of BIG DADDY government, predicts Obama's second-term agenda. I for one don't want it and if you don't want it, help other Americans to vote him out of the Oval Office and back to Chicago!!!

    July 19, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Thomas

    @WiredweirdinSF
    Jobless claims up, housing starts down, so Obama is going on another fundraiser today and blame it on Romney not showing his tax returns today, rather than meeting with his jobs council or acting on the recommendations of his deficit reduction committee, He might even make time for his 102nd round of golf.

    You never complaned when GW Bush took more vacations then any past President .

    I remember GW reading a pet goat to children on the day of 911 , maybe if he and his security adviser "Condoleezza Rice" at the time read more NSA , FBI and CIA data it might have been avoided.

    Sad but True

    Romney / Wolfowitz 2012

    July 19, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Thomas

    I understand why it's easy to point to the president because jobs are down. But it's not like a president flips a switch to create more jobs.

    The senate and congress are acting like children and that seems to be keeping jobs bills from getting passed.

    July 19, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Padraig

    He will come out with his sleeves rolled up and state how he is turning the economy around. My answer to this is go to the unemployment lines, the homeless and food shelters. Or he will talk about Romney's dog on the roof of the car. He doesn't talk about the issues because they have failed.

    July 19, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Obama Smoke and Mirror Show -- Snake oil half off

    Thomas - I understand why it's easy to point to the president because jobs are down. But it's not like a president flips a switch to create more jobs.
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    Obama has flipped the BIRD at private enterprise in this country. He let his true beliefs slip out when he said business owners don't make their businesses succeed, it is the government that enables them to succeed. I'm sure Obama believes the government is therefore entitled to whatever cut of the action it deems appropriate, be it 60, 70, 80%.

    Obama is nothing but a closet socialist that wants to take from those that produce and give it to those that do nothing. Free government services to all that will vote for him. THAT is what Obamacare was about. It had NOTHING to do with making YOUR healthcare affordable. It was about giving almost 30 million people FREE healthcare at the expense of YOUR healthcare.

    July 19, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    Mittz is a practical JOKE to USA and world.

    July 19, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Pres. Obama needs to discuss the Romney/Ryan Plan, which Romney has given a full throat endorsement. Despite the 55 talking point "budget plan" that Romney has released, he will be implementing the Ryan Plan irregardless. Neither plan contains much in the way of details as to how they would make ends meet without increasing the annual deficit by another several hundred billion dollars above and beyond where we are today. Pres. Obama's plan reduces the annual deficit.

    July 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "beloved by the voters".... hoooooooo boy. Denial isn't a river in Egypt.

    July 19, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Obama Smoke and Mirror Show -- Snake oil half off

    Rudy NYC - Pres. Obama needs to discuss the Romney/Ryan Plan,
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    Why doesn't he discuss HIS OWN PLAN? Oh yeah, he doesn't have one. Or is it the budget he keeps submitting that no one in his own party will vote for?

    Or is it more of the same? Take from those that produce to give to those that don't. Borrow and spend another 5 TRILLION to "stimulate" government job growth and Solyndra fiascos?

    Or maybe Obama can tell us how much we all like Obamacare?????!!! hahahaha. the guy is a joke.

    July 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    WiredweirdinSF confabulated

    Jobless claims up, housing starts down ....
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    That's the forecast from Fox News. In reality, the most recent statistics show that initial jobless claims are down, and new housing starts are up. I'm so glad that I don't live off of Fox News. They say that you are what you eat. That holds true for everything that you consume, physically or mentally.

    July 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    Why doesn't he discuss HIS OWN PLAN? Oh yeah, he doesn't have one. Or is it the budget he keeps submitting that no one in his own party will vote for?.................
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    Pres. Obama has submitted budgets to the House. The Tea Party ignores them. When he submits them to the Senate, Republicans threaten to filibuster them until the committee adds ridiculous amendments, like repeal the ACA, before it can be brought to the floor. So, Democrats add the amendments and bring it to the floor and they vote against it. The Republicans vote against it out of spite, just so they can claim that no one voted for it.

    Note, you have claimed that the President has no plan, yet he also gets his plans voted down in the same sentence.

    July 19, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |