Colorado, Ohio divided between presidential candidates
September 13th, 2012
02:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Colorado, Ohio divided between presidential candidates

(CNN) - New polls released Thursday showed the battleground states of Colorado and Ohio remain statistically tied between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Likely voters in Ohio put Obama at 48% and Romney at 47%, and in Colorado, likely voters split 49% for Obama and 47% for Romney, according to the surveys by American Research Group. The sampling error of each survey was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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In Colorado, the race was close across gender and age, as well as tied among independent voters. Independents went 48% to 45% for Obama over Romney. Younger voters and older voters were similarly divided between the two candidates. And among women, where other polls have shown Romney lagging behind Obama, ARG showed 50% went for the incumbent and 56% for the challenger.

In early August, Colorado was divided 45% for Obama and 50% for Romney, according to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University for CBS News and the New York Times.

The Ohio survey showed deeper divides. Romney held a lead of 16 points among independents, and lagged 10 points behind Obama among women. Men leaned towards Romney but were divided along the sampling error.

A mid-August Quinnipiac survey in the Buckeye State also showed the Ohio race tied up.

Both Colorado, with 9 electoral votes, and Ohio, with 18 votes, are toss up states on the CNN Electoral Map. In 2008, Obama won Colorado by nine points and Ohio by five points.

The vice presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle campaigned on Wednesday in Ohio, and President Barack Obama stumped in Colorado on Thursday.

Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Mitt Romney • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. dillon

    @just sayin
    You fail to remember that the "massive debt" and "massive unemployment" is thanks to the previous regime. I know you're tired of hearing it but it's true none the less. Obama is a great public speaker, Romney (or George W. Bush II as he has accuaretly been described) not so much to say the least. Romney has NO POLITICAL BACKGROUND and Obama has, sluggishly at times albeit but has none the less improved the economic conditions in this nation and a has slew of other achievements. He's got my vote.

    September 13, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Chung

    Coming from Rasmussen poll, yeah right, what a tie.

    September 13, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Patriot Awesome

    just sayin

    The reason Obama will crush Romney because Romney has flip flopped and pandered to his crazy base so much that he won't be able to keep his answers straight and will deny most of his stated positions.

    What little we know of Romney's policies seem closely aligned with the Bush policies that got us in the mess we're in now in regards to our troubles in the middle east. And I'll take months of continuous job growth over shedding jobs like the economy was doing before Obama took office any day.

    September 13, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Rod

    Ohio, Mitt Romney is a dangerous canidate who does not think before he acts and open his mouth. We will be in a war which your son's and daughters will have to fight and die. Romney is already rattling the war sabor with Russia, China and in the middle East. He also will do anything his close friend Netenyahu of Isreal ask of him. Romney not good for America and not NOW!

    September 13, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Andrew

    The question "are you better off now?" is the wrong question to be asking. What we should be asking is who will be the better President. For me the choice is simple. I cannot vote for a candidate who claims he can slash the deficit by reducing taxes for the wealthy, increase wasteful military spending, and austerity for everyone else. I cannot vote for a man who has changed his position so many times because it was politically convenient. I cannot vote for a man who I don't trust (Romney has already been caught lying about his tax returns and isn't willing to set the record straight). I cannot vote for a man who wants to regulate a woman's healthcare options by outlawing abortion, eliminating contraception options, and defunding PP. I cannot vote for a man that does not think his words through.

    My vote is going to Obama because I think America would be much worse off with Romney (especially considering most of his advisors were former Bush II advisers). Obama has done admirably given the constant congressional deadlock and obstructionism.

    September 13, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. myviewis

    Let them vote for Obama and continue unemployed. Maybe they enjoy being unemployed.

    September 13, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. annie s

    Ohio would be in the depths of a deep depression if it was not for President Obama's saving the auto industry. If they do not vote for the President's election they are nothing more than chickens voting for Col Sanders.

    September 13, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Namechuck

    It took 4 years to get out the deep hole we were in now the next 4 would be smooth sailing and everyone know the clown who is trying to buy mitt way in the white house this country should be ashamed and always sticking there nose in other countries business when wrong is all over the united states

    September 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Bill

    Romney/Ryan 2012 !!!! They will win !!

    September 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    GI Joe – reminded us:

    Tax Returns? YOU PEOPLE aren't going to see any more tax returns ~~~ Ann Romney
    Exactly. The boss has spoken. Romney' Renege is coming. The deadline for filing extensions is Oct. 16. This is shaping up to be the biggest flip-flop of his fledgling political career.

    September 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Will

    Its close now but Ohio and Colorado as it gets closer are going to realize that the Democratic Party is not the party of Clinton and JFK. Obama's Democratic party more resembles the anticapitalist movements of Europe and we saw it front and center during their convention. Gone are the days of the positve party messages of Clinton and FDR. It will become apparent as we get closer and it will turn the tide in close states to Romney.

    September 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Meanwhile, based on all the data available, Nate Silver's has Obama at a 76% and 78% chance to win Colorado and Ohio, respectively. I said before that this thing would be obviously in the bag by the end of September and givent eh lackluster no-bump convention Mittens had and his severely brain-damaged politically motivated lying with respect to Libya and Egypt this week, he seems determined to prove me right.

    September 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. just sayin

    Claudia, Houston, Tx - Notice to Ohio and Colorado: This man Romney will send our sons and daughters to war but won't sacrifice one of his five (5) sons, what makes them better than ours.
    you must have voted for mccain and palin in 2008 then. he was decorated war hero and has sons in the military as did palin.

    btw, how many sons and daughters has obama send to war to die in afghanistan over the last 2 years for nothing, after announcing a withdrawal date at the same time as a troop build up? thousands have died due to his incompetence.

    September 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Romney loves all the trees the same size , oh and the lakes !

    When is Mitt going to Afghanistan ?

    September 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    I can hardly wait until the presidential debates! That's when there will be NO DOUBT that Mittens is a hypocritical fool, out of his league when it comes to leading the greatest nation on earth, a puppet and a lapdog for the likes of the Koch brothers, willing to do anything as long as he gets to keep his money in the Caymans and the promise of his own planet after he dies ...

    September 13, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Regardless of polls, all Dems, Independents and thinking Republicans need to get out and VOTE for President Obama and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate in November!

    September 13, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Howard

    The biased, partisan, main stream media has consistently promoted and sold Obama to the American public ... while trashing and demonizing his opponents. Along with the brain washed Obama zombies, they have catapulted Obama into the role of 'Fuhrer' ... and of 'Dear Leader'. The Obama Stooges love Obama more than they love America. Obama is destroying America. America is more important than Obama. Obama is expendable and replaceable ... America is not. Save America ... Elect Romney and Ryan in November !!!

    September 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    I bet the only real foreign policy experience Mittens has is in finding places offshore to stash his money to avoid paying taxes ...

    September 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Rick

    I agree that Mitt Romney is a very poor choice for Prfesident and I am leaning more towards Obama because of the cool and thoughtful way he handles crisis. I am a Republican, but Mitt Romney showed me he is not ready for prime time.

    September 13, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Pete

    You can't take anything from these polls,they change faster than the weather and more unpredictable.Romneys falling into his own trap,his mouth is overloading his ass,much like that overweight Christie,all mouth no brains!!Now he has his own republicans out telling him to calm down,be more compassionate,respectful in this time of sorrow and uncertainty,he's neither, still on the attack when the president is the prime example of how to act presidencial.Take notes Romney because after elections you'll have 4 more years to get it right watching this president preside as our man at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave,maybe next time if Hillary or Joe don't run!!

    September 13, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Phaque

    Romney is not made of presidential timber. Romney's core attribute is arrogance which is evidenced daily. His warmongering stances, lack of diplomacy, engaging mouth before brain totally disqualifies him for the highest office in the land.

    September 13, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Lynda Jones-Owings

    This does not surprise me, Mitt runs his mouth to much and no one wants a President that just runs off with his mouth before he has any factual information at all. This man is dangerous for America and people are not stupid.

    September 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. DJ

    Andrew: Watch 'Words Matter" in Obozo's own words on you tube, then tell me who the real flip-flopper is. Then repeat why you will vote for Obozo.

    September 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Pete

    Just sayin,Pres.Obama has two daughters and don't bring up the Saigon Songbird in McCain,he's not a hero in my book ,read up before talking ignorence.And he didn't back Obama on extending healthcare for vets either,nice ha!!

    September 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. ColoradoJoe

    all I know is :
    the republicans had mass control of congress from 1997-2007 and did not even attempt to fix SS, Medicare, tax systems. How do you have control for 10 years and get nothing done. At least Hillary & Obama tried, one didn't succeed the other did.. What kind of leaders are the republicans? The republicans passed the NCLB mandate without even asking the states. And look at the number of states trying to get waivers. An expensive failed republican mandate.

    You really think the GOP house will allow Romney to do anything regarding health care other than repeals it? The GOP house has already publically stated they will take their sweet old time to come up with a replacement IF THEY COME UP WITH ANYTHING. Boehner already stated this as much.

    What I want to know is what/how Romney is going to guarantee that the banks/hedge funds never cause another meltdown like in 2007/2008? If that happens again it'll destroy the economy this time vs just putting us into a major recession. What's he going to do? If all out savings are in the bank or invested in 401K/IRAs and our SS is sitting in some mutual fund, we cannot afford another financial crisis. The 1% can handle it, we cannot. If I want to vote for R&R, I want to know what THEY WILL DO. The democrats want to try to restrict the thieves/gamblers from doing it (the Dodd-Frank bill). At least the democrats are trying, what are the republicans doing?

    With a voucher program, there is no medicare. The government will issue a voucher to people to help (loose term here) people pay for premiums. It does nothing to say that people can find affordable health insurance. It says nothing about insurances accepting people with pre-existing conditions. What do you think you will have by the time you do get to 65? More than likely you will have some sort of pre-existing conditions. And last but not least, the voucher does nothing to reduce the actual cost of health care services.

    Remember it was House Republican Majority Eric Cantor that purposely changed the Stock Act (the one about inside trader knowledge) so politicians can still make trades on insider knowledge (just via family members). It was in the original bill, he changed it. Congress had to vote twice to get it done right!!! Who's looking out for whom???

    Note Ryan plagiarized the health care cuts from Obama's ACA committee. Romney plagiarized the 12million job creation number from Moody's analysts. Neither giving credit to their sources. Also, Romney will take credit of the 12million jobs that Moody’s analysts have already stated that will occur regardless which person is in the WH.

    And all of this and I have not even mentioned things like women’s rights, etc.

    September 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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