He exceeds 46 percent in just five of these 12 [battleground] states, and hits 48 percent in just one. His likeability problem has imposed a ceiling to his potential support, a sign that the Democratic campaign to define him in those states was a resounding success.Just checked TPM right now, and yup, there's Romney stuck at 45.1 percent.
So I just re-read my Senate snapshot from yesterday, and I was drawn to the GOP percentage totals:
Like the presidential numbers in key battleground states, the Republican candidates appear mired in the low- to mid-40s. Of the 15 races on this list, Republicans exceed 46 percent in just two of them. Ironically, two of the most liberal on this list—Massachusetts and Connecticut.
On the other hand, Democrats exceed 46 percent in 10 of the 15 races.
Does this mean anything? Beats me. It could be coincidence, but it's certainly an odd one—Republicans are having a hard time busting out of the mid-40s—even in the handful of states on this list that don't double up as presidential battlegrounds.