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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Benefitting from strong support from women voters in the state, President Barack Obama holds a 5.5-point lead over Mitt Romney in Michigan, a new poll released Thursday shows.

The poll, conducted by Glengariff Group, shows Obama earning the support of 47.5 percent of likely voters in Michigan, while Romney trails with 42 percent support. While Michigan voters are divided over which candidate would do a better job presiding over the economy, Obama is bolstered by an 11-point advantage among women voters in the state, as well as high marks for his administration's successful effort to restructure the U.S. automotive industry. On the question of who would do a better job planning for the state's auto industry, 42.5 percent give the nod to Obama, while 32.2 percent prefer Romney.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama with the upper hand in the Great Lakes State, leading Romney by 5.1 points.

President Barack Obama's approval rating is under water in Pennsylvania, but he's still holding a 9-point advantage over Mitt Romney there, a new poll released Thursday shows.

The poll — conducted by Muhlenberg College and commissioned by the Morning Call — shows Obama with plenty of breathing room, leading among likely voters in Pennsylvania, 49 percent to 40 percent. Obama's lead comes despite a medicore approval rating, with only 43 percent of voters giving the president positive marks for his job performance. Forty-nine percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing.

But Romney's standing is even lower among Pennsylvania voters. The poll shows 37 percent have a favorable view of the presumptive Republican nominee, while 49 percent have an unfavorable view. Obama is viewed favorably by 48 percent of likely voters.

The PollTracker Average shows Obama with a comparable lead in Pennsylvania, 49.1 percent to 41.1 percent.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden claim a slim national lead over the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a new poll released Thursday shows.

The latest survey from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, conducted on behalf of the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times, shows Obama and Biden with a 2-point edge among likely voters nationwide, 48 percent to 46 percent.

As has been the case throughout the campaign, the poll shows Obama viewed more favorably than Romney.  Fifty-three percent of likely voters have a favorable view of the president, compared with 45 percent who have an unfavorable view.  Romney is viewed favorably 46 percent of likely voters, while 48 percent view him unfavorably.  Although his name idenitifcation is lower than the two candidates at the top of each ticket, Ryan's favorability rating is above water: 40 percent have a favorable view of the House Budget Committee chairman favorably, while 33 percent have an unfavorable view.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama clinging to a nationwide lead over Romney, 46.4 percent to 45.6 percent, while the TPM Electoral Scoreboard shows the president with a more sizable advantage 

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) holds a 7-point lead over Republican challenger Josh Mandel in Ohio's U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The latest survey from Quinnipiac University, CBS News and the New York Times shows Brown leading Mandel, the current Ohio state treasurer and Marine veteran, 48 percent to 41 percent.  Brown, first elected to the Senate in 2006, held a 12-point lead in the Quinnipiac/CBS/NYT poll from a month ago.

The PollTracker Average currently Brown leading Mandel, 46.7 percent to 41.3 percent,

Two-term incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) holds a comfortable 9-point edge over his Republican challeneger, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The latest poll from Quinnipiac University, CBS News and the New York Times shows Nelson leading Rep. Connie Mack among likely voters in Florida, 50 percent to 41 percent.  That amounts to a slightly bump for Nelson, who held a 7-point lead in the Quinnipiac/CBS/NYT survey conducted in late July. 

Nelson appears to have re-asserted himself as the favorite after a several polls showed a tightening race earlier this summer.  The PollTracker Average currently shows Nelson leading Mack, 48.2 percent to 40.1 percent.

When Ann Romney takes the stage on Monday evening at the Republican National Convention, the three major networks will be broadcasting something else.

Politico's Dylan Byers reports that CBS, NBC and ABC do not plan to air primetime coverage of the convention on Monday, when the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is scheduled to deliver her speech.  

In his typical curmudgeonly fashion, Larry David, co-creator of "Seinfeld" and star of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," urges young people to vote in a video produced by the advocacy group, Our Time.



Citing the negative climate of the current presidential race, Pastor Rick Warren on Wednesday canceled the Civil Forum with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney originally scheduled to be held this week at his Southern California megachurch, the Orange County Register reports.

Warren's forum four years ago at Saddle Back Church in Lake Forest, Calif., with Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was widely praised, but the pastor and best-selling author said the tenor of this year's campaign runs counter to the spirit of the event.

"We created the Civil Forums to promote civility and personal respect between people with major differences," Warren said in an announcement Wednesday. "The forums are meant to be a place where people of good-will can seriously disagree on significant issues without being disagreeable or resorting to personal attack and name-calling. But that is not the climate of today's campaign. I've never seen more irresponsible personal attacks, mean-spirited slander, and flat-out dishonest attack ads, and I don't expect that tone to change before the election."

First Lady Michelle Obama will sit down for an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman next Wednesday, according to a press release from CBS.

It will be Obama's third appearance on the Late Show, all of which have occurred this year.  She appeared as a guest in March and presented the show's nightly "Top Ten List" in June.

President Barack Obama maintains a considerable lead over Mitt Romney among Latino voters, according to a new poll released Wednesday by NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo.

The poll shows Obama leading Romney among registered Latino voters nationwide, 63 percent to 28 percent. Obama earns high marks from Latino voters for his job handling the economy and foreign policy, with approval ratings of 59 percent and 58 percent on each respective issue. Sixty-two percent of Latino voters approve of Obama's job performance overall, compared with only 32 percent who disapprove.

The poll suggests that Romney may have his work cut out for him if he is to reach the benchmark set by his campaign. A campaign aide told The Hill that the Republican ticket is vying to claim 38 percent of the Latino vote this November. That's seven percentage points higher than Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) share of the Latino vote in 2008 and just a notch below the 40 percent mark attained by former President George W. Bush in 2004.  

Romney has never reached the 38 percent threshold in the PollTracker Average, which currently shows Obama holding a massive lead among Latino voters, 60.1 percent to 30.9 percent.