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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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.


A majority of Americans who tuned in to Tuesday's town hall debate in Hempstead, N.Y. said President Barack Obama outperformed Mitt Romney, a new poll from Gallup released Friday shows.

According to the poll, 51 percent of debate watchers said Obama was the winner of the second debate, while 38 percent judged Romney the winner.

While that's a clear victory for the president, it's a much narrower margin than what Gallup showed in its poll following the first debate.  A staggering 72 percent of Americans who watched that debate — held on Oct. 3 in Denver — said Romney was the winner, compared with only 20 percent who gave the edge to Obama.  That made for the largest margin of victory in the history of Gallup's post-debate polling.



Just as it did four years, The Denver Post has endorsed President Barack Obama.  The newspaper announced its endorsement Friday in an editorial.  

From the editorial:

With the nation mired in two wars and amid an economic meltdown, we endorsed a largely untested young senator from Illinois for president in 2008.

Four years later, the Iraq war is over, the war in Afghanistan has a conclusion in sight, and the economy has made demonstrable — though hardly remarkable — progress.

As President Barack Obama campaigns for re-election, it would be a stretch to say we are bullish on the entirety of his first term. There have been notable accomplishments: rescuing the nation's auto industry, passing comprehensive (though contentious) health-care reform, and delivering justice to Osama bin Laden. But those accomplishments are juxtaposed against a sluggish economy and less impressive performances in tackling the federal debt and deficits, reducing unemployment and bolstering the housing market.

Read the whole endorsement here.