Red, White and Blue

New poll says both Obama/Romney & Baldwin/Thompson races within three points

CREATED Oct 11, 2012

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QUINNIPIAC, Conn. - A new poll finds Wisconsin is a close battleground in the state's two major national races. 

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, the Presidential race is nearly a dead heat, and the race for U.S. Senate is a dead heat. 

President Obama leads GOP nominee Mitt Romney 50 to 47 percent in the poll out Thursday.

That's nearly within the 2.7 percent margin of error, and tighter than last month when Mr. Obama led 51 to 45 percent. 

In the race for U.S. Senate, it's a virtual dead heat.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin gets 48 percent, while Republican Tommy Thompson with 46 percent. 

That's within the margin of error. 

Last month that race was 47 percent each.

According to the poll, 49 percent of Wisconsin voters said that Mr. Romney would do a better job of the economy, with 47 percent in that category giving the nod to Mr. Obama.

Independent voters had Mr. Romney leading 48 to 46 percent.

According to voters, 51 percent said Mr. Obama would do a better job on health care (compared to Mr. Romney at 44 percent), with the same percentages for each candidates on Medicare.

53 percent said Mr. Obama would best help the middle class (compared to Mr. Romney at 43 percent), while Mr. Romney would do better on the budget deficit by a 53 to 41 percent margin.

49 percent of Wisconsin voters in the poll expected Janesville's vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, to defeat VP Joe Biden in tonight's debate, with 32 percent saying Biden would win.