Several new polls released Friday have Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney cheering as he has pulled ahead of President Obama in three key states, Virginia, Ohio and Florida. Those polls, conducted by Rasmussen, come just a few days after the first presidential debate in which political analysts say Romney easily won that debate in front of a TV audience of over 65 million people. Still reeling from his weak performance, Obama now finds himself behind Romney in three battleground states. Romney also continues to lead among independent voters. In Ohio, among those certain to vote, Romney commands a 51 to 48 lead and the GOP has now closed the gap Democrats held in requests for absentee ballots for early voting in Ohio, a sign Romney is doing much better in that state. Romney is also ahead of Obama in whose best to handle the economy and national security. More importantly, 50 percent feel the economy will improve if Romney wins but only 34 percent feel the same way about Obama.
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