Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a News Writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. A former research intern and polling fellow for TPM, Tom served as assistant polling editor for TPM Media's PollTracker during the 2012 campaign. Before joining TPM, he worked on political campaigns and wrote for various publications in Minnesota and his native South Dakota. Tom graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota in May of 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are deadlocked in the historical bellwether of Ohio, according to a poll from Suffolk University released Monday.

The poll shows Obama and Romney each earning the support of 47 percent of likely Buckeye State voters. Both Obama and Romney are also viewed favorably by 50 percent of Ohio voters.

The results of the Suffolk poll run counter to the findings of a survey released jointly by Quinnipiac University and CBS News earlier on Monday that showed Obama with a 5-point lead in Ohio.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama leading Romney by less than 2 points in Ohio, which is now in the toss-up column on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard. 

President Barack Obama has eclipsed 70 percent support among Latino voters nationwide in the latest installment of a weekly tracking survey conducted by Latino Decisions.

The poll, conducted Oct. 12-18 and released on Monday, shows Obama earning the support of 71 percent while Mitt Romney trails distantly with 20 percent. Those results represent a shift in opposite directions for both candidates since last week's poll. Obama has ticked up 4 points since the previous Latino Decisions poll, while Romney has seen a 3-point dip.

The poll also shows a high level of engagement among Latino voters — crucial to an Obama campaign that is banking on a high voter turnout among its core supporters. Seventy-seven percent of Latino voters surveyed in Monday's poll said they talked with friends or family members about candidates or issues in the last few months.

A poll based on an oversample of Latino voters from Sunday's NBC News/WallStreet Journal survey also shows Obama reaching 70 percent among the growing voting bloc. The  poll shows Obama earning the support of 70 percent of likely Latino voters, while Romney trails with 25 percent support. Obama polled at 71 percent among likely Latino voters in the previous NBC/WSJ poll in late-September, while Romney trailed with 21 percent at that time.

The PollTracker Average shows Obama maintaining the massive lead among Latinos that he has held throughout the 2012 election cycle.



Update: This post was updated to include information from the NBC/WSJ poll.  


Russell Means, a leader within the American Indian Movement who spearheaded a 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota that spanned more than two months, died Monday morning from throat cancer, a representative from the Oglala Sioux Nation said. He was 72.

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President Barack Obama holds a 3-point lead among likely voters nationwide, according to a poll released Monday.

The poll, conducted by Democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner on behalf of Democracy Corps, shows Obama leading Mitt Romney nationally 49 percent to 46 percent. Obama leads despite a plurality of voters indicating that Romney would do a better job on the economy and that the Republican nominee has better plans for the national economy.  Fifty percent of voters surveyed approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared with 48 percent who disapprove.

The PollTracker Average now shows Obama inching ahead of Romney. 


President Barack Obama holds a 5-point lead in Ohio, according to a poll released Monday.

In the latest poll released jointly by Quinnipiac University and the CBS News, Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely Buckeye State voters 50 percent to 45 percent. While the lead is outside the poll's margin of error, it represents a dip from the previous Quinnipiac/CBS survey in September that showed Obama up by 10 in Ohio

Monday's poll shows Obama leading big among early voters in Ohio, 54 percent to 39 percent, while also holding a smaller 2-point edge among those who intend to cast their ballots on Election Day.

The PollTracker Average currently shows the president with a little more than a 2-point lead in Ohio, placing the state in the "leans Obama" category on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard.


President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 2 points in Virginia, according to a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released Saturday.

The poll shows Obama edging Romney among likely voters in the Commonwealth 49 percent to 47 percent, a lead that falls within the survey's margin of error of +/-4.4 percentage points. Obama has led Romney in each poll of Virginia conducted after the first debate on Oct. 3 in Denver. 

The president leads in Saturday's poll despite a negative approval rating and a personal popularity that is weaker than Romney's.  

Fifty-three percent of Virginia voters surveyed disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, compared with 45 percent who approve.  And 51 percent said they have an unfavorable view of Obama, while 48 percent view him favorably. Forty-nine percent have a favorable opinion of the Republican nominee, slightly more than the 47 percent who have an unfavorable impression. PPP conducted the survey on behalf of Health Care for America Now, a coalition founded to promote the Affordable Care Act.

The PollTracker Average shows Romney with a narrow lead in Virginia, which is currently in the toss-up column on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard.


With the first two debates in the books, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are essentially tied in Florida, according to a poll from CNN and ORC International on Friday.

The poll, conducted over the two days following Tuesday's town hall debate, shows Romney barely leading Obama among likely Sunshine State voters 49 percent to 48 percent — well within the survey's margin of error.  

Romney holds a roughly 3-point edge over Obama in Florida, according to the PollTracker Average.