Obama leads Mitt Romney in first post-recall election poll in Wisconsin

President Obama has a 5-point lead over Mitt Romney in Wisconsin, according to a We Ask America poll released Thursday.

Obama leads Romney 48 percent to 43 in the first survey to be conducted in Wisconsin since Gov. Scott Walker (R) won his recall election on Tuesday.

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That margin is unchanged from the Real Clear Politics average of polls from before the election, when Obama held a 49 percent to 44 lead over Romney. However, some recent polls showed Obama with a considerably larger lead. The president led by 12 in a Marquette University poll released last week, and by 10 in a Reason-Rupe survey.

Still, it’s good news in the short term for the Obama campaign, as many believe the recall election has mobilized and energized the GOP base in Wisconsin.

While Romney has made inroads among female voters nationally, women continue to buoy Obama in Wisconsin, where he leads 54 percent to 37. Romney has a 7 percent lead among men in the state.

Wisconsin is one of 12 battleground states — the others are Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire — that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election. In a conference call last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus touted the party’s efforts in Wisconsin, saying that “if Wisconsin goes red, it’s lights out for Barack Obama.”


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