President Obama has opened a significant lead in Ohio and holds a narrow advantage in Florida, according to new polls released Tuesday, more good news for the incumbent president in swing states key to challenger Mitt Romney's efforts.
Obama holds a 52-44 percent lead in Ohio, a commanding eight-point edge among likely voters in the poll released Tuesday by The Washington Post. No Republican has ever won the White House without taking the Buckeye State, and the state is considered similarly crucial to Romney's prospects in November.
The president also holds a 51-47 percent advantage in Florida — within the survey's margin of error, but still a troubling number for the Romney campaign. As with Ohio, it will be extremely difficult for Romney to prevail without carrying the Sunshine State.