The traditional swing states might prove slightly less important as Virginia and North Carolina stay in the toss up column: pundits are usually quick to point out that if President Obama were to take one of those southern states there are a number of scenarios in which he could lose Ohio and Florida and still win re-election. But Ohio is still ground zero in the red state vs. blue state battle, and the President is dropping in a new Public Policy Polling (D) survey of the state.
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And yet, only one GOP candidate, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, ties him in a matchup, while Obama bests the rest of the field. It's been a common tale in early presidential polling: Obama may be down in approval, yet no GOPer can really get past him in an actual matchup. But GOP candidates are getting closer, despite a lack of movement for the President. Obama's approval rating in Ohio is virtually unchanged from PPP's last poll of Ohio, yet Romney and businessman Herman Cain are pulling closer with him, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry has fallen further back as his campaign has stumbled.