Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a News Writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. A former research intern and polling fellow for TPM, Tom served as assistant polling editor for TPM Media's PollTracker during the 2012 campaign. Before joining TPM, he worked on political campaigns and wrote for various publications in Minnesota and his native South Dakota. Tom graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota in May of 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The vast majority of voters say that Mitt Romney's wealth will make no difference on their vote in November, according to a new poll from Gallup released Thursday. 

Seventy-five percent of registered voters say the fact that Romney's net worth exceeds $200 million does not make them any more or less likely to support the presumptive Republican nominee, while 20 percent say it makes them less likely to vote for him.  Only 4 percent are more likely to vote for Romney due to his fortune.

A new poll shows that American voters are divided over efforts by Congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they overwhelmingly concur that the law represents a tax increase.

The latest installment from Quinnipiac University shows that 55 percent of American voters believe that the health care overhaul amounts to a tax hike, while 36 percent believe it does not.  Ever since the high court's ruling last month, Republicans — taking a cue from the majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts — have been quick to decry the law widely known as "Obamacare" as a substantial tax increase.

But that doesn't mean voters are marching in lockstep with Republicans in the House of Representatives, who on Wednesday voted to repeal the law for the 33rd time.  Forty-nine percent of those surveyed by Quinnipiac believe Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act, compared with 43 percent who believe that Washington should let the law stand.  Support for repeal has steadily slipped over the course of the year, while opposition has grown.  In Quinnipiac's late February survey, 52 percent supported repeal, while 39 percent were opposed.  The late April survey showed 51 percent supported Congressional efforts to repeal, compared with 38 percent who thought it should be left alone.

Voters are likewise divided over the Supreme Court's ruling last month: 48 percent agree with the decision to uphold the law, while 45 percent disagree.  



President Barack Obama holds a solid lead over Mitt Romney in Wisconsin, according to a new poll from Marquette University Law School released Wednesday.  

Obama earns the support of 51 percent of likely Badger State voters, while Romney trails with 43 percent.  The results of the Marquette poll dovetail with those from a different survey released Wednesday by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), which showed the president with a 6-point lead over the presumptive Republican nominee in Wisconsin.  Obama led Romney, 49-43 percent, in Marquette's survey from early June.

Democrats have carried Wisconsin in the last six presidential elections, but Republicans were emboldened after Gov. Scott Walker's decisive victory in last month's recall election.  The PollTracker Average shows Obama on solid footing there, currently holding a 7-point lead over Romney.


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Florida A&M University President James Ammons resigned Wednesday amid the hazing scandal that included the death of a drum major and major changes at the school.

Ammons resigned Wednesday in a letter to the university governing board.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney will open the doors of his plush Wyoming home to host a fundraiser for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

The $30,000-a-couple dinner is expected to attract a number of conservative benefactors including Foster Friess, the billionaire investment manager who almost single-handedly bankrolled a pro-Rick Santorum super PAC during the Republican nomination contest.  Romney will also be in attendance at the Cheney home, which is located on the grounds of the Teton Pines Country Club.

With a tremendous advantage among non-married voters, President Barack Obama has a slim 3-point lead over Mitt Romney in a new poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday.

Among registered voters nationwide, Obama earns the support of 46 percent, narrowly edging Romney, who polls at 43 percent. That small margin mirrors virtually every other national poll of the 2012 presidential contest, but Quinnipiac also found a pronounced "marriage gap" between the two candidates.

Romney enjoys a 51-38 percent lead among married voters, while single voters back Obama, 54-34 percent. The gap remains when broken down by gender too. Romney leads 54-35 percent among married men and and 49-42 percent among married women. The president, meanwhile, leads 47-38 percent among single men and holds a commanding 60-31 percent advantage among single women.

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President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are deadlocked in a poll released Tuesday, but the presumptive Republican nominee continues to struggle to energize his supporters.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Obama and Romney tied at 47 percent among registered voters nationwide. While Obama maintains strong personal favorability, his job performance in various areas remains a major political liability. On the economy, 54 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance, while 44 percent approve. Forty-one percent approve of his handling of health care, compared with 52 percent who disapprove.

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Americans are now evenly split over the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

In the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, 47 percent say they support the measure signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, while 47 percent are opposed.  The health care overhaul has gained support since the ABC News/Washington Post survey in April, when 53 percent were opposed to "Obamacare" and only 39 percent supported the law.

There's a comparable split when it comes to opinon of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act: 42 percent approve of the court's ruling, compared with 44 percent who disapprove.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is a strong favorite to win re-election over her little-known challenger, according to a new Field Poll.

The poll shows Feinstein claiming the support of 51 percent of likely voters, while Republican businesswoman Elizabeth Emken trails with only 32 percent support.  Emken is stymied by low name recognition: 65 percent of likely voters surveyed have no opinion of the GOP nominee.  

Meanwhile, Feinstein — who joined the Senate in 1992 — is viewed favorably by 52 percent of respondents. Forty-five percent of California voters approve of the job Feinstein is doing, compared with 32 percent who disapprove.  

Say what you want about Mitt Romney's strength as a candidate, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee can clearly raise money with the best of them.  

Romney for President, Romney Victory and the Republican National Committee confirmed today an impressive fundraising total of $106.1 million in June.  The Romney campaign and the RNC together have roughly $160 million cash on hand.  

Reince Priebus, chairman of the RNC, trumpeted June's windfall as a harbinger of things to come for Romney and the GOP in a Monday press release:

Our June fundraising is a sign that voters are fed up with President Obama’s failure to fix our economy and want a change of direction.  While President Obama thinks that the private sector is ‘doing fine,’ millions of Americans are struggling to find work, pay their bills and stay in their homes.

President Obama is clearly in over his head and Americans deserve better. Mitt Romney will fix our economy, repeal Obamacare, and get spending under control – that is why he is receiving such strong support from voters across the country.