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Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Romney’s Latino numbers up in the battlegrounds

Rosario Dawson attends Voto Latino's Purple Carpet Bash in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5 (Ken Charnock - Getty Images)
Finally, maybe a teensy ray of improvement for Gov. Mitt Romney in his efforts to boost his standing with the critical Latino vote. The latest tracking poll by ImpreMedia/Latino Decisions puts President Obama ahead of Romney in the battleground states by 61 percent to 33 percent.

That’s relatively close to what the Romney campaign says it needs to get in order to have a decent chance to win.

The only problem is that the battleground states’ numbers include lots of Hispanics from Florida, where Romney does his best by far because of that state’s large Cuban population. (And the small numbers polled leave a margin of error of 5.6.)

The bad news is that the tracking poll shows Obama pulling even further ahead in terms of his national numbers among Latinos. Where last week’s numbers showed Obama ahead of Romney 69 to 24, this week’s poll showed Obama’s lead widening by seven more points to 73 to 21.

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