Axelrod downplays polls, touts Obama early-voting edge

A top adviser to President Obama's reelection campaign on Sunday dismissed polls showing Obama lagging GOP candidate Mitt Romney as not reflective of reality.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, David Axelrod said that recent polls of the race that show  Romney with an edge nationally, buoyed by a higher percentage of Americans who believe the Republican nominee would better handle the economy, contradicted what the president’s team is seeing on the ground.

"In that particular poll, Candy, that may be the case, but in reality that's not the case," Axelrod said, rejecting the findings of one such survey.

Axelrod said the polls had failed to capture the president’s strength in early voting.

"If you look at what is going on around the country, the flood of early voting that's going on all over this country very much in our favor, I think people know what the reality is," he said.

Recent polls, with a little over a week until election day, have shown Romney with a slight edge nationally, but the two candidates statistically tied in most of the battleground states which will determine the outcome of the race.

Axelrod said that the Obama campaign had prepared for such a scenario, and that the likelihood of a close race this late in the game was part of the reason they had made such a strong push for early votes.

"We built our campaign and our organization for this very close race, and we're very confident in where we are now and where we're going to be on November 6th," he said.