Good news for those who were concerned Florida was slipping from our grasp. A just released CNN/ORC Poll shows a dead heat, with Romney at 49% and Obama at 48% with a four percent margin of error.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted Wednesday and Thursday, entirely after the second presidential debate, 49% of likely voters in Florida say they support Republican nominee Mitt Romney, with 48% backing President Barack Obama. Romney's one point margin is well within the survey's sampling error.
"Generational and income difference are the two main factors in the Sunshine State, with President Obama holding double-digit leads among younger and less affluent voters and Mitt Romney piling up big margins among older and higher-income voters," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
With female voters and women's issues in the national spotlight this last week, the survey indicates the gender gap in Florida is much smaller than the generational divide or the income gap. The president has a narrow 50%-47% edge among women voters, with Romney holding a 49%-46% edge among men.
We have many paths to victory without Florida, Mitt Romney needs Florida to win.