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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There was no change in Gallup's national daily tracking poll on Saturday.  Mitt Romney's 51-46 lead over President Barack Obama among likely voters nationally is identical to the Republican nominee's edge in Friday's poll. Saturday's poll was conducted Oct. 20-26.

Romney currently leads Obama by a single point in the PollTracker Average.


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Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) remains within striking distance of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in Missouri's red hot U.S. Senate race, according to a poll released Friday night.

The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon on behalf of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Kansas City Star, shows McCaskill holding a slim lead over Akin among likely Missouri voters 45 percent to 43 percent. Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine, a potential spoiler for Akin, picks up 4 percent in the poll.

Akin continues to battle low personal popularity. The poll shows only 28 percent of Missouri voters have a favorable view of the six-term member of Congress, while 42 percent have an unfavorable view. McCaskill own personal standing among her constituents isn't much better: 40 percent of voters view the freshman senator favorably, but 47 percent view her unfavorably.

In Mason-Dixon's previous poll of the race — conducted shortly after Akin's infamous remarks about rape and abortion — McCaskill reached 50 percent and led her Republican challenger by 9 points.

The PollTracker Average shows McCaskill with a solid advantage over Akin, a lead she has built up steadily over the last month.


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Mitt Romney continues to hold a lead over President Barack Obama in Republican-leaning Rasmussen's daily tracking poll.

Saturday's release, conducted Oct. 24-26, shows Romney leading Obama among likely voters nationwide 50 percent to 46 percent. It's the fifth consecutive day that the Republican nominee has polled at 50 percent in Rasmussen's tracking. 

President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney remain deadlocked, according to Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling's latest national tracking poll. 

The poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday on behalf of the progressive group Americans United for Change, shows Obama and Romney each earning 48 percent support among likely voters nationwide — a mirror image to PPP's previous tracking poll.

Romney currently holds a 1-point lead lead over Obama in the PollTracker Average, although the president continues to claim the upper hand on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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