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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Voters nationwide are much more receptive to an immigration policy that helps illegal immigrants achieve legal status rather than one that focuses on deportation, a new poll released Tuesday shows.

The latest poll from CNN and ORC International shows that 56 percent of registered voters believe the U.S. government's primary focus should be on a plan that allows employed illegal immigrants to become legal residents.

Comparatively, 39 percent believe the government's main focus should be on stemming the flow of illegal immigration and deporting those who are already living here.

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Poll trutherism is anything but a fringe belief among Republicans, a new poll released Tuesday shows.

The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), commissioned by Daily Kos and Service Employees International Union, shows that 71 percent of Republicans believe pollsters are deliberately skewing their results to produce a more favorable outcome for President Barack Obama.    Overall, voters are split: 42 percent said they believe pollsters are intentionally skewing their polls, compared with 40 percent who said they are not.

Skepticism over recent polls — many of which have shown Obama with a growing lead over Mitt Romney — has reached a fever pitch among conservatives, epitomized by a new right-wing website that provides "unskewed" results of polls.  

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President Barack Obama's already-lofty level of support among Latino voters has reached a new high, according to the latest weekly tracking poll from Latino Decisions released Monday.  

The poll shows Obama earning the support of 73 percent of Latino voters, while Romney trails with the support of only 21 percent.  It's the first time Obama has exceeded 70 percent in the six weeks that Latino Decisions has conducted its tracking surveys.  This week's installment also shows that more than 70 percent of Latino voters trust Obama over Romney on issues related to the economy, women, the Middle East and Latin America.  

Obama has held a massive lead among Latino voters throughout this campaign, according to the PollTracker Average, although he has not yet hit the 70 percent threshold.


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If Republicans are ultimately denied their dream of stripping Sen. Harry Reid of his Majority Leader title this year, they may be confronted with the possibility that they fielded the wrong candidates — both in Senate races and in the presidential contest.

Mitt Romney's decline nationally and in various swing states in September dovetailed with the dip seen by Republican candidates in key Senate races. Consider the recent developments in various states.

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Elizabeth Warren continues to hold the lead over Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) that she built in the weeks following the Democratic National Conventio, a pair of new polls show.

A poll released on Sunday that was conducted by the University of New Hampshire and commissioned by the Boston Globe showed Warren leading Brown, 43 percent to 38 percent.  The poll was striking for its number of undecided voters: 18 percent of likely voters surveyed said they had not made up their minds.

A new survey released today that was conducted by MassINC Polling Group and commissioned by Boston public radio affiliate WBUR shows Warren holding a 4-point lead over Brown among likely voters (including leaners), 49 percent to 45 percent.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Warren leading Brown by 4, 47.9 percent to 43.9 percent.


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As early voting kicks off in states across the country, new polls out Thursday show more than 50 percent of President Barack Obama's supporters in three battlegrounds will submit their ballots before Election Day.

The latest polls from NBC News, Marist College and the Wall Street Journal show that the president's supporters in North Carolina, New Hampshire and Nevada are far more likely than supporters of Mitt Romney to vote early or by absentee.  

Among Obama's supporters, 57 percent in North Carolina, 55 percent in New Hampshire and 53 percent in Nevada say they will cast their ballots before November 6.  Only a little more than 40 percent of Romney's supporters in the three swing states say they intend to vote early.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Friday asserted that her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), is to the right of even the most fringe members of the Republican Party.

"If you look at some of the things that Todd Akin has said over the years, I mean, he's said things like in the heart of liberalism is a hatred of God. He has been a handful of votes against things like the sex offender registry, and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children," McCaskill told the panel on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."  "I mean, this is somebody who kind of makes Michele Bachmann look like a hippie."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Friday raised the stakes for next week's first presidential debate, arguing that President Barack Obama can seal a victory with a genuine performance against Mitt Romney.

"It has to be a campaign of contrast, not a campaign of attack," Gingrich said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."  "Part of the contrast has to be disarming the president.  Because if the president's believeable — this is where [Bill] Clinton was so good — if the president is believeable at the end of the first debate, there is a very high likelihood he'll be re-elected."

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) has some much-needed breathing room in his bid for a re-election in Nevada, according to a new poll released last night.

In the poll from NBC News, Marist College and the Wall Street Journal, Heller leads Democratic challenger Shelley Berkley among likely Nevada voters, 49 percent to 43 percent.  The poll provides some relief to the Heller campaign after the race had tightenend this month.

Heller edges Berkley by 2.7 points, according to the PollTracker Average — a much narrower margin than the larger leads he claimed earlier in the campaign.

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President Barack Obama holds a lead outside the margin-of-error over Mitt Romney in New Hampshire but the race is tight in Nevada, according to new polls out Thursday evening.

The latest swing state polls from NBC News, Marist College and the Wall Street Journal show Obama leading by 7 points among likely voters in New Hampshire, 51 percent to 44 percent.  Romney is personally unpopular in the Granite State, where he maintains a home.  Forty-three percent of New Hampshire voters view the Republican nominee favorably, compared with 52 percent who view him unfavorably.

The contest is closer in Nevada, where Obama leads Romney, 49 percent to 47 percent.  Perhaps no state was hit harder by the recession than the Silver State, but Obama holds his own against Romney on the all-important issue of the economy there.  Forty-eight percent of Nevada voters believe Romney would do a better job handling the economy, while 47 percent say Obama.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama holding roughly 4-point leads in both New Hampshire and Nevada.



Correction: This post originally referred to New Hampshire as the Nutmeg State.  In fact, the Nutmeg State is the nickname of Connecticut, whereas New Hampshire is known as the Granite State.  TPM regrets the error.

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