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October 3, 2012

Polls give Obama lead over Romney

A series of polls show President Obama widening his lead over Mitt Romney in the swing state of New Hampshire as they prepare for tonight’s debate.

Obama’s lead in the polls ranges from five to 15 points.

The Obama campaign isn’t claiming victory. The Romney campaign isn’t giving up.

“Our message is still resonating with voters,” Romney campaign spokesman Tommy Schultz said.

The polls are just a snapshot in time and will be up and down every day, Schultz said.

“We’re going to keep working it,” he said.

The Obama campaign is competing for each and every vote, spokesman Harrell Kirstein said.

“From Pelham to Pittsburg and Hanover to Hampton, supporters are going door to door because they know how much is at stake,” Kirstein said.

A University of New Hampshire poll released Monday gave Obama his biggest lead, 52 to 37 percent. A poll by New Hampshire-based American Research Group had the narrowest margin, with Obama up 50 to 45.

Public Policy Polling gave Obama a 51 to 43.5 lead. An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll by Marist College had Obama up 51 to 44.

Both campaigns see the state still up for grabs and are regularly deploying their big guns.

Romney’s running mate on the GOP ticket, Paul Ryan, campaigned Saturday in Derry. Former President Bill Clinton will be at the University of New Hampshire for Obama today.

No kin is spared from labor on the trail.

Romney’s son Tagg campaigned in Londonderry yesterday. Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau, is due in Derry tomorrow.

New Hampshire political activists are charged up for the debate, airing from 9 to 10:30 tonight on national television. The debate at the University of Denver will focus on domestic policy.

Derry Republican Committee Chairman Jim Foley knows what he wants to see in Romney tonight.

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