Granite Burden


New WMUR poll shows Obama’s poll standing in New Hampshire dragged down by the economy.

Any honest pollster will tell you that the President has some pretty weak poll numbers in some pretty key battleground states. At the same time, as Democratic superpollster Mark Mellman pointed out the other day, Obama's general poll standing is much better than past incumbents who have been saddled with bad economies (and Obama is dealing with a more bleak picture than his recent predecessors). Today, before any of the hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on both sides, before the GOP nominee is picked and defined, before the conventions, debates, and Labor Day kickoffs -- before all that, the fact remains: Obama needs better numbers than he has now to win 270 electoral votes. There are many ways he can get there, but he isn't there today.
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