A new poll released Thursday shows President Barack Obama holding a 6-point lead in Pennsylvania at a time when the state’s new voter ID law continues to thrust uncertainty into the presidential race there.
The latest poll from Franklin & Marshall College — and commissioned by the Philadelphia Daily News — shows Obama leading Mitt Romney among registered voters in Pennsylvania, 44 percent to 38 percent. That marks a dip in support for the president, who led by 12 points in Franklin & Marshall’s previous poll of the Keystone State in June.
The poll comes on the heels of a ruling on Wednesday by a Pennsylvania judge to uphold the state’s Republican-backed voter ID law, which has been the subject of intense criticism. Opponents to the measure contend that the law will have a disproportionate effect on minority voters, potentially upending Obama’s chances there. A top Pennsylvania Republican even suggested earlier this summer that the law could help Romney secure the state’s 20 electoral votes.
Update: This post was published before Franklin & Marshall released the complete poll, which features results that include respondents who are leaning toward a candidate. With leaners included, Obama leads Romney by a comparable margin, 47 percent to 42 percent.