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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Massachusetts Democratic senate candidate Elizabeth Warren claims a lead in another post-convention poll, with a new survey out Wednesday showing her leading Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) by 5 points.

The poll, conducted by MassINC Polling Group on behalf of Boston-based radio station WBUR, shows Warren leading Brown among likely voters (with leaners included), 47 percent to 42 percent.  Three other polls released this week also showed Warren moving ahead of Brown, after the Republican incumbent had seemingly asserted himself as the favorite in August.  

The PollTracker Average, which currently shows Warren leading by 3.3 points, reflects her recent surge. 

President Barack Obama holds leads 4 points and 6 points in Virginia and Wisconsin respectively, while clinging to a 1-point edge in Colorado, according to a new batch of swing state polls released Wednesday.

The latest polls from the latest polls from Quinnipiac University, CBS News and the New York Times, Obama leads Mitt Romney in Virginia, 50 percent to 46 percent, and in Wiscosnin, 51 percent to 45 percent.  Obama's lead in Colorado is smaller and within the poll's margin-of-error, 48 percent to 47 percent.

While Mitt Romney continues to suffer the fallout from a video that shows him dismissing President Barack Obama's voters, or 47 percent of Americans, as invididuals who do not pay income taxes and depend on government entitlements, new research from Gallup released Tuesday shows that the Republican nominee claims the support from more of those individuals than his remarks seem to suggest.

According to Gallup's polling from the tracking period of Aug. 27-Sept. 16, 34 percent of voters whose household incomes are less than $24,000 a year support Romney.  Obama easily wins among those voters, earning the support of 58 percent.  

As Gallup points out, a significant portion of the individuals who pay no income tax are the same voters in the lowest income bracket, roughly a third of whom intend to vote for Romney, not Obama.

As Republicans assail President Barack Obama for supposedly exacerbating an already-weak economy and Mitt Romney claims that his business experience makes him well-suited to lead a recovery, a new poll released Tuesday shows that neither contention is really resonating with voters.

The poll, conducted by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Daily Kos and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), shows  that 38 percent of voters say Romney's experience at Bain Capital make them less likely to support the Republican nominee, compared with just 21 percent who say that his career at the private equity firm make them more likely to support him.  Thirty-nine percent say it makes no difference.

The poll also shows that 51 percent of likely voters nationwide believe the economy would not be in better shape under Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), while 38 percent believe it would be in better shape.  



President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 5 in Michigan, according to a new survey released Tuesday from an in-state pollster.  

The poll, conducted by Lansing, Mich.-based Marketing Resource Group, shows Obama leading Romney among likely voters, 47.5 percent to 42.3 percent.  

Obama has long been the favorite in Michigan — despite Romney's personal connection to the state — due in large part to his administration's successful restructuring of the U.S. automakers.  The poll shows that 61 percent of Michigan voters say they supported the federal government's rescue of the auto companies, compared with just 32 percent who say they were opposed.

Obama's approval and favorability ratings are also in positive territory.  Fifty percent approve of the job the president is doing, while 46 percent disapprove.  Additionally, 52 percent have a favorable view of Obama, compared with 44 percent who have an unfavorable view.  Marketing Resource Group did not test Romney's favorability rating in the poll.

The PollTracker Average shows Michigan favoring Obama, who currently leads Romney there by 5.7 points.


The momentum behind Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren appears to be real, with another poll out Monday night showing her with a lead over Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).  

A new poll from Suffolk University, conducted on behalf of Boston-based NBC affiliate WHDH, shows Warren leading Brown by 4 points among likely Bay State voters, 48 percent to 44 percent.

It's the latest piece of evidence that Warren has gained traction in the weeks following the Democratic National Convention after falling behind in August. Two other polls conducted after the convention, by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) and by Western New England College, showed Warren holding leads of 2 points and 6 points respectively.

Warren's lead in the Suffolk poll comes despite Brown boasting a higher favorability rating, although the Democratic nominee is also in positive territory. The poll shows 60 percent of voteres have a favorable view of Brown, compared with 29 percent who view him unfavorably. Warren, meanwhile, is viewed favorably by 52 percent of voters surveyed, compared with 33 percent who view the consumer watchdog unfavorably.

The PollTracker Average curently shows Warren leading by 2.5 points, 48.2 percent to 45.7 percent.


The gang at "Fox & Friends" thought it had landed an interview with a young, disillusioned, out-of-work former Obama supporter who had shifted his allegiance to Mitt Romney. Instead, the hosts found themselves on the receiving end of a practical joke.

Seeking to highlight the unemployment rate among 18- to 24-year-olds, "Fox & Friends" on Monday brought on Max Rice, who, co-host Gretchen Carlson claimed, is an unemployed college graduate who recently moved out of his parents' home. But from the start, it was obvious that Rice was not much concerned with his alleged employment situation.

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Romney campaign adviser Bay Buchanan on Monday pushed back against a column written by RedState.com's Erick Erickson, who argued that the Republican nominee is losing and that President Barack Obama would secure a second term if the election were held today.  

Appearing on MSNBC, Buchanan pointed to Erickson's long-held reservations toward Romney, while also acknowledging that the former Massachusetts governor has been unable to win over some of the most ardent conservatives — a problem that dates back to the Republican nomination contest.   

"You know, you have to remember, Erick Erickson has never been with us," Buchanan told MSNBC's Chuck Todd.  "There's many people, as conservatives, they didn't like us in the primaries, and we do what you can, you send the message that we think is right.  This is Governor Romney's campaign and he is running it and it is his message."


Update: Erickson fired back at Buchanan with a tweet shortly after her appearance.