PPP: Obama’s Lead In Nevada Falls To 3

Although he claims the support of half of likely voters in the state, President Barack Obama holds a mere 3-point edge in Nevada over Mitt Romney, according to a new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Wednesday.  

The survey shows Obama leading Romney in a head-to-head matchup, 50 percent to 47 percent.  It’s the latest drop in the Silver State for Obama, who has seen a steady decline in support throughout PPP’s research there during the 2012 cycle.  The president held a 6-point lead over Romney in PPP’s June survey of Nevada and an 8-point advantage in March.  Obama’s lead in Wednesday’s poll is also a far cry from his nearly 13-point margin of victory over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) four years ago in Nevada.

“We consistently find Barack Obama leading in our Nevada polling but it’s by a much smaller margin than 2008,” said Dean Debnam, president of PPP in the poll’s corresponding release. “It’s one of the states where he’s fallen the furthest.”

The PollTracker Average currently shows Nevada leaning toward Obama, who leads Romney, 49.1 percent to 46.6 percent. 

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