Obama camp says they're winning

10/29/12 Janelle Irwin
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With only eight days left until Election Day, presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are stepping up their game with television ads and tireless campaign stops. But during a conference call Monday leaders in the Obama campaign suggest their guy is winning.

David Axelrod is the senior strategist for the Obama campaign.

“And I say that, not on the basis of some mystical faith in a wave that’s going to come or some hidden vote, we base it on cold, hard data, based on who’s voted so far and based on state by state polling.”

Early voting began in Florida and some other states this weekend and turnout has been high. Jim Messina, the Obama campaign manager, said the President is polling well in key battleground states.

“Two polls in the last two days have us up in Virginia and in states like Iowa and Nevada we’re racking up early vote margins so large that if they continue at this rate, Romney’s going to have to win a huge percentage on Election Day and he’s just not going to be able mathematically get there.”

Obama campaign strategist Axelrod said Romney is banking on a poor jobs report release this Friday to seal his victory. Axelrod said he doesn’t expect that to be the case.

“That is a kind of perverse sentiment. I think they’re going to be disappointed, but I think the American people understand the larger distinction that play here in the choice in front of them.”

A Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll released yesterday shows Mitt Romney holding a 6 point lead among likely voters along the I-4 corridor. That area is regarded as a key to winning Florida which is one of the nation’s biggest battleground states.


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