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President Barack Obama widening lead over Mitt Romney in key states

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26 2012 6:36 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive for a campaign rally in Powell, Ohio. A new poll shows President Barack Obama opening a double-digit lead over Romney in two of the nation's three largest swing states. (Evan Vucci, Associated Press) FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive for a campaign rally in Powell, Ohio. A new poll shows President Barack Obama opening a double-digit lead over Romney in two of the nation's three largest swing states. (Evan Vucci, Associated Press)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A new poll shows President Barack Obama opening a double-digit lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in two of the nation's three largest swing states.

The president received more than 50 percent support in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida in a random telephone survey of likely voters taken Sept. 18-24. The poll by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and the New York Times had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points in Florida and 2.9 percentage points in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Obama led Romney 54 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania, 53-43 in Ohio and 53- 44 in Florida, the biggest prize of the three key battleground states with 29 electoral votes.

In all three states, more than half the respondents said they believed Romney's policies favored the wealthy.

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