Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Barack Obama's 1-point lead over Mitt Romney in Colorado is well witihin the margin of error in the latest round of swing state polls from Purple Strategies released on Friday.

The poll shows Obama leading Romney among likely Colorado voters 47 percent ot 46 percent. Purple showed Obama holding a 3-point lead over Romney in Colorado a month ago, but the president also fell short of 50 percent in that poll. Fifty-one percent disapprove of Obama's job performance, and roughly half of Colorado voters have an unfavorable opinion of both candidates.

The PollTracker Average shows very little separating the two candidates in Colorado, with Obama's current 1.7-point edge enough to qualify the state as a toss-up on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard.


President Obama has cut Mitt Romney's lead to a single point in the latest daily tracking poll from ABC News and the Washington Post.  

In Friday's release, conducted Oct. 22-25, Romney leads Obama among likely voters nationwide 49 percent to 48 percent. Thursday's ABC/WaPo tracking poll showed Romney hitting 50 percent support and leading the president by 3 points.

The PollTracker average shows Romney leading by less than a point over Obama.


Two polls show President Barack Obama holding 3-point leads in battleground New Hampshire.

A poll from Democratic pollster Lake Research Partners released on Thursday evening, conducted on behalf of the progressive grassroots organization USAction, shows Obama leading Mitt Romney among likely Granite State voters 48 percent to 45 percent. The poll also shows a majority of New Hampshire voters, 53 percent, holding a favorable view of the president. Romney, who was the governor of neighboring Massachusetts and who owns a home in New Hampshire, is viewed favorably by a plurality of 49 percent of voters.

The inaugural poll from New England College released on Friday shows Obama falling just short of the 50 percent marker, but still leading Romney 49 percent to 46 percent among likely New Hampshire voters.

Obama and Romney are currently neck-and-neck in New Hampshire, according to the PollTracker average, making the state a toss-up on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard.


Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) clings to a 3-point lead in Nevada's Senate race, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll released Thursday night.

The poll shows Heller earning the support of 48 percent of likely Silver State voters, while Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) trails with 45 percent. Heller's lead falls within the poll's margin of error.

The PollTracker average shows the Nevada Senate race neck-and-neck, with Heller holding a lead of less than 2 points.


President Barack Obama has ticked up in two midwestern battlegrounds, according to a two-pronged survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling on Thursday.

One poll shows Obama holding a narrow lead over Mitt Romney among likely voters in Iowa 49 percent to 47 percent. That's a marginal improvement for Obama since PPP's survey of Iowa a week ago, which showed him leading by only a point.

Obama's lead over the Republican nominee is even larger in Wisconsin. Likely voters in the Badger State prefer the president over Romney 51 percent to 45 percent. The president's 6-point lead is a wider gap than his 2-point edge in PPP's poll there conducted immediately following the Oct. 3 debate in Denver.  

Thursday's polls of each state were conducted after Monday's final presidential debate on behalf of Health Care for America Now, a group established to protect and promote the Affordable Care Act.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama holding a slim lead in Iowa and a larger advantage in Wisconsin


Mitt Romney holds a 2-point among likely voters nationwide, according to a poll released Thusday. 

The poll, conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications on behalf of the Associated Press, shows Romney narrowly leading President Barack Obama 47 percent to 45 percent. In the Ap/GfK poll a month ago — during a period following the national conventions when the Democratic ticket was opening up leads nationally and in swing states over their Republican challengers — Obama led by only 1 among likely voters.

The PollTracker average currently shows Obama leading by less than a point.


President Barack Obama's lead in Virginia has extended to 5 points, according to the latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released on Thursday.

Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely Commonwealth voters 51 percent to 46 percent — a jump from PPP's survey of Virginia a week ago, which showed the president nursing a 2-point lead. More than half of Virginia voters, 51 percent, have a favorable opinion of Obama compared. Conversely, the same percentage has an unfavorable view of Romney.

The poll also shows a pronounced gender gap in Virginia. Obama leads by 16 points among women voters in the state, while Romneyholds a 5-point edge among men.  Thursday's poll was conducted on behalf of Health Care for America Now, a group founded to promote the Affordable Care Act.  

The president's lead in Virginia is now a little more than 2 points, according to the PollTracker average, which places the battleground in the "leans Obama" column on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard.



President Obama claims a slim 1-point edge in Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling's latest national daily tracking poll.

The poll, conducted Oct. 22-24 on behalf of the progressive group Americans United for Change, shows Obama earning the support of 49 percent of likely voters nationwide, while Republican nominee Mitt Romney trails slightly with 48 percent. The two candidates were tied in Wednesday's tracking poll, and Romney held a 2-point lead on Tuesday. 

This week saw Obama move ahead of Romney in the PollTracker average.