Battleground snapshot: Another bad weekend for Romney

A boy reaches out to shake hands with U.S. President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nevada September 30, 2012. Obama in Las Vegas to prepare for the upcoming presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Pres. Barack Obama, winning in Nevada.

Below are the TPM polling composites. The four-year-ago comparison is from the Real Clear Politics polling composite on Oct. 1, 2008.

The national polling is as erratic as always. The numbers have tightened, but most of that is from a batch of new pollsters adding to the mix. Fact is, Obama still has a clear and comfortable edge.

Meanwhile, that edge is solid in most of the States That Matter. Of the nine most competitive states left, Obama is above 50 in the two most important—Ohio and Florida, as well as Wisconsin. He is at 48.9 percent or higher in all but North Carolina, the sole state in which he still trails. Meanwhile, Romney hits 46 percent in just two. He can’t even hit 44 percent in must-win Ohio.

Great expectations

With the way expectations have been raised for Mitt Romney in this Wednesday’s first presidential debate, anything short of fish and loaves will be a loss for him.

Obama: Allies Will Soon Take Control of Libyan Campaign

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‘I have absolutely no doubt that we will be able to transfer control of this operation to an international coalition,’ President Obama said Tuesday.


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Obama Getting Heat From Left and Right for U.S. Role in Libyan Attacks

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Republicans such as Richard Lugar and Roscoe Bartlett are questioning the U.S. intervention, but so are Democrats Jim Webb and Dennis Kucinich.


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Allied Airstrikes Buoy Libyan Rebels; Obama Stresses Limited Military Goal

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President Obama said that “it is U.S. policy that Gadhafi has to go.” But, he said, the international air campaign has a more limited goal — to protect civilians.


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U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Resigns Over WikiLeaks Disclosures

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Carlos Pascual’s resignation came amid increased tensions between the United States and Mexico after Pascual’s criticism of anti-drug efforts were made public.


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Video: Obama Denounces Repression in Iran

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“For nearly two years, there has been a campaign of intimidation and abuse. Young and old; men and women; rich and poor â?? the Iranian people have been persecuted.”


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