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. Les

    Ohio, Obama is a dangerous candidate who opens his mouth and then never follows through. We will be in so much debt your son's and daughters will not be able to defend this country even if they want to. Obama he does not flip-flop he just makes promises he never delivers then blames it on Bush. Honestly, Obama is laughing at the ignorance of his party. He did not think he had a chance to be reelected. He is a smart man; so smart he knew the only people ignorant enough to reelect him are the democrats.

    September 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Les

    Ohio, Obama is a dangerous candidate who opens his mouth and then never follows through. We will be in so much debt your son's and daughters will not be able to defend this country even if they want to. Obama he does not flip-flop he just makes promises he never delivers then blames it on Bush.

    September 13, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Lynda Jones-Owings

    Howard, you are just as stupid as Mitt; you should be his running mate; just get rid of the other fool.

    September 13, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. 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 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. earsoftheworld

    Wow, Colorado women need to get a clue. I can't believe they're breaking for Romney/Ryan.

    September 13, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. alien

    The masses of the unemployed were a direct result of previous administration the effects of what are still being felt,

    September 13, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    ohio needs to realize that it is benefitting from the competent management of republican gov. kasich who has turned the state around financially. if they want to see even better results, not having massive head winds from obama will make things even better. republican governors around the country are getting their states back on sound financial footings and are doing well. if the country wants to get the same results at the national level, then throw the democrats and obama out. otherwise you will get four more of the current nightmare.

    September 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Mitt's Unfit. He's a pawn to his buddies Adelson and bibi nothingbutayahoo.


    September 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Pete

    Just sayin,just caught one after rereading my post,your Bush is responsible for these two unfunded wars created with lies,he's the one that's got blood on his hands.And he's the one that has indictments from 147 countries on human rights violations being handed down at the Netherlands Hague,so talk less and read more ya might learn something idiot!!

    September 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Dave Jaipersaud

    Are folks this stupid. How can they even thing Romney’s policies will be better for this country. Romney and the Republicans policies from 2001 to 2008 brought this great nation to its knees, their policies caused the Great Recession, their policies wiped out almost 10,000,000 jobs as a direct result of the Great Recession, their policies wiped out retirement savings for tens of millions of Americans as a direct result to the Great Recession, their policies took a $1 trillion surplus to a $13 trillion deficit, their policies resulted in the decline in the percentage of Americans that are in the middle class, their policies resulted in tens of millions of Americans without healthcare, their policies resulted in millions of Americans losing their homes, and the list goes on.

    How can any Americans think that Romney/Ryan policies would be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. Have people forgotten what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. Are we that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    September 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. earsoftheworld

    Wow, Colorado women need to get a clue. Talk about voting against your own interests. I don't know how these republicans do it. Fear, fear, and more fear, I guess. Anyone who thinks the president who refused to fight for a public healthcare option is a socialist is living in Rush's world, not the real one.

    September 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    bye bye mittens

    September 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Tony in ST. Louis

    Hey pollster people! Please call me! I'm a registered voter! I want in for once. But make sure you call me on my cel. It's public. Thanks!

    September 13, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. myviewis


    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

    In other words, Obama is playing basketball and making beer, he'll get back to that crisis when he has time, maybe in a few months.

    September 13, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Bill

    After all the blatantly biased reporting by the drive by media, Obama's lead is gone. The Middle East is on fire and the President has no domestic record to run on. But he has played more rounds of golf than any president ever.

    September 13, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. not in WI

    Obama is a simple crook and a tyrant and nothing more. The man has got to go!

    September 13, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Bill

    Just an empty suit with a teleprompt. He inherited a bad economy and made it worse.

    September 13, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Indy


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

    Let them vote for Romney,Maybe they enjoy being in three wars at a time and without affordable healthcare

    September 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. ghostriter

    Sorry guys. You can blame the media, you can blame democrats, liberals, all the groups you have managed to ostracize over the past 8 months or whomever you wish. The bottom line is that no amount of campaigning and commercials can do the damage that Romney and Ryan have done to their own campaign. Now, you can continue to attempt to distort facts with fiction, logic with lunacy, reality with .....well....whatever it is you call it. But there is no way you can spin your way outta this stuff anymore.

    Mitt has been exposed and Ryan has been laid bare. The only thing I can think of is that republicans are letting them take the heat for losing an election they knew they couldn't win.

    September 13, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. gregor1971

    Ohio, Mitt is somebody that has shown himself to be a true leader, and unlike Obama, he is proactive rather than reactive. The attack in Libya could have been avoided because we had credible evidence and threats in recent days, yet the security detail for the embassy was extremely light. When you vatch wind of these plans, you have to take precautions.

    September 13, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    @ howard
    simply put:

    September 13, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. gregor1971

    “I think folks are reading way too much into this,” [White House spokesman] Vietor said. “‘Ally’ is a legal term of art. We don’t have a mutual defense treaty with Egypt like we do with our NATO allies. But as the president has said, Egypt is longstanding and close partner of the United States, and we have built on that foundation by supporting Egypt’s transition to democracy and working with the new government.”

    Administration sources told The Cable that Obama’s “ally” comment was not pre-arranged or prepared by staff and that the question was not anticipated.

    September 13, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous


    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.


    I wouldn't get too excited just yet.

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    September 13, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Steve- Illinois

    Obama is drowning in his administrations incompetence on the economy, unemployment, and foreign affairs.

    September 13, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Steve- Illinois

    simply put:

    September 13, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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