WaPo moves Minnesota from “solid Obama” …
posted at 11:09 am on October 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
… to “leans Obama,” based in large part on yesterday’s Star Tribune poll and the increased spending by both campaigns in the state:
The Fix today is moving Minnesota, the state that hasn’t voted Republican since 1972, from “solid Obama” to “lean Obama.” The move comes in response to two major developments:
1) A new Star Tribune poll conducted by Mason-Dixon and released Sunday showed Mitt Romney within the margin of error against Obama, with Obama at 47 percent and Romney at 44 percent. That’s closer than any other poll has shown.
2) Both sides are now spending money in Minnesota, with Romney’s campaign launching a very small ad buy and Obama’s launching a $500,000 buy in the Twin Cities media market.
Interestingly, they still have Ohio as “leans Obama,” too, and Pennsylvania and Michigan in the same status. They have Florida and Virginia as toss-ups, along with Colorado, and I think at least two of those three should be reconsidered to “leans Romney.”