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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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The latest CBS News/New York Times poll shows President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the deadest of dead heats.  

In the nationwide survey of registered voters, Obama and Romney both drew 46 percent support.  That marks a slight shift since the previous CBS/NYT poll in March, when the president held a 3-percentage-point advantage over Romney.   

Romney has seen a bump in many polls since Rick Santorum suspended his campaign last week, with much of the Republican base consolidating behind the former Massachusetts governor heading into the general election campagin.  The TPM Poll Average currently shows Obama nursing a razor-thin lead over Romney.

A new survey from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm, shows President Barack Obama with a 5-percentage point advantage over Mitt Romney in the perennial bellwether state of Florida.

Obama leads Romney, 50 percent to 45 percent. Among the Floridians surveyed, 51 percent approve of Obama's job performance — the same percentage of respondents who find the former Massachusetts governor unfavorable.  

The TPM Poll Average shows Obama with a comparable lead over Romney in Florida, marking a significant turnaround for the president in the Sunshine State since the beginning of the year. 

A new Investor's Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP poll shows President Barack Obama holding a comfortable eight point advantage over Mitt Romney, who has all but secured the Republican nomination.

The survey of 818 registered voters nationwide shows Obama claiming the support of 46 percent of respondents, while Romney trails with 38 percent.  Another encouraging detail for the president: he leads Romney among women voters, 48 percent to 35 percent.  

The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.3 percent, is yet another reminder of just how damaging the GOP nomination contest has been on Romney's brand.  A look back on the TPM Poll Average reveals that the former Massachusetts held a lead over Obama until early January, when the presidential primary season began in earnest.

When North Carolina holds an election on May 8, voters won't merely be deciding the fate of same-sex marriage in the state; they will be voting on an amendment with implications that could affect gay and straight couples alike.

If passed, Amendment One would establish marriage between a man and a woman as the only legally recognized union in the state -- a sweeping distinction that would preclude legal recognition for all other domestic partnerships. The broad language of the amendment, which was passed by the Republican-controlled general assembly last fall, has opponents fearful that its passage could ultimately deny both benefits and domestic violence protections to thousands of unmarried North Carolina couples.

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Listen to any recent Newt Gingrich stump speech and you will be sure to hear him cite oil production in North Dakota as a shining example of the United States' energy potential.

North Dakota, Gingrich is fond of saying, has emerged as the country's third largest oil producer by eschewing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as most of the drilling has occurred on private land. But the regulatory environment there is about to change with sweeping new rules -- instituted not by liberal environmentalists but rather through collaboration between regulators and legislators from both parties -- set to take effect on Sunday.

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Mitt Romney on Thursday confirmed that he did meet with Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich on the eve of the Louisiana primary last week in New Orleans, but the former Massachusetts governor was cagey with the details.

“We’re pretty much in regular communication between the different campaigns and I said hello to Newt,” Romney said on Sean Hannity's radio show. “Nothing new, nothing exciting except we keep a friendly discourse open.”

For what it's worth, Gingrich spokesman RC Hammond told ABC News that while the former House Speaker's meeting with Romney did occur, “Newt does speak Santorum and Romney on a regular basis.”

As North Carolina prepares to vote on a constitutional amendment that would ban both marriage and civil unions between same sex couples, a new survey released by Public Policy Polling (D) might represent a discouraging development for opponents of the measure.  

The poll shows that 58 percent of likely primary voters in the state intend to support the amendment, while only 38 percent intend to vote against.  But the poll also indicated that opponents to the amendment might be suffering from an under-informed electorate.

From PPP:

Part of the problem is that voters are not well informed about what the amendment does. A 34% plurality say they are not sure on that question. Almost as many (31%) do know that it would ban both gay marriage and civil unions, but then not many fewer (28%) think it would only ban marriage. 7% actually think it would legalize gay marriage. Those who think it bans solely marriage rights are voting 67-30 for it, so 8% of North Carolinians, while misinformed, are voting against the measure simply because they think it bans same-sex marriage alone. Of course, those who think a “yes” vote actually legalizes these unions are voting by the same margin for it.

 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday elaborated on his endorsement of Mitt Romney, citing President Barack Obama's recent "open mic" moment as the impetus for his public support of the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential frontrunner.

“It’s been weighing on my mind all week," Rubio told The Daily Caller.  “I’ve never thought about this as a political calculation.  I’m just sitting back here and watching a president that just got back from overseas — where he told the Russian president to work with him and give him space so he can be more flexible if he gets re-elected.”



President Barack Obama's 2008 triumph in Virginia was widely attributed to a well-orchestrated campaign that mobilized large swaths of voters, even in reliably conservative areas. Four years later, it's growing support among women that's giving the president momentum in the Commonwealth -- and according to some observers, he can thank the Republican party's revival of the culture wars for powering his re-election bid there.

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After being branded as a "Blue Dog" and drawing attacks for his previous associations with the Republican party, management consultant Brad Schneider has been vindicated by the voters, surviving a formidable primary challenge on Tuesday from 25-year-old former community organizer Ilya Sheyman to win the Democratic party's nomination in Illinois's 10th Congressional District.

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