New poll shows Obama holds slim lead over Romney in Wisconsin

August 16, 2012

A new poll shows a close presidential race in Wisconsin, Harry Reid isn't satisfied by Mitt Romney's tax talk, and Paul Ryan is headed to Florida this weekend. 

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* A new CNN/ORC International poll of Wisconsin voters taken after Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice presidential running mate shows President Obama leading Romney 49 percent to 45 percent. 

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) isn't satisfied with Mitt Romney saying he paid at least a 13 percent tax rate in each of the last 10 years. "We'll believe it when we see it. Until Mitt Romney releases his tax returns, Americans will continue to wonder what he's hiding," said Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson.

* Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) told reporters that he he opposes federal spending for the National School Lunch Program. “Why not do it at the state level? I’m not against school lunches, but I have a question whether the federal government should be doing as many things as it’s doing, and that would be one to take a look at," Akin said. The program, which provides cash subsidies and food to schools, is a spending item under the farm bill, which Akin opposes. Akin is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

* Former Maine Democratic governor John Baldacci is helping Senate nominee Cynthia Dill raise money. Dill is the Democratic nominee in a three-way race. But national Democrats have been mum on her candidacy, and appear to be hoping that popular independent Angus King will win, wagering that he would caucus with the Democratic Party once elected. Polling shows King is a substantial favorite in November.

* To the surprise of nobody, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says Obama has no intention of dumping Vice President Biden from the national ticket.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* Ryan will be stumping in Florida this weekend. On Saturday, he'll visit a retirement community frequented by Republican presidential candidates. Ryan will be joined by his mother, whom he said in a Sunday interview "is a Medicare senior in Florida." It's also worth noting that the company that developed the community has donated money to a pro-Romney super PAC.

* The Indiana Senate race is a statistical tie, according to separate surveys conducted for both House Majority PAC and the Chamber of Commerce. Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock and Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) are running against each other. The Chamber had endorsed Sen. Richard Lugar over Mourdock in the GOP primary.

* A new Democratic poll conducted for House Majority PAC in Illinois' 10th District shows Rep. Bob Dold (R) and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider tied at 46 percent apiece. Dold, a freshman running in a heavily Democratic district, is one of the cycle's most vulnerable incumbents.

* Chris Cillizza is hosting a Google+ Hangout at noon ET on Friday to talk about Ryan's first week on the Republican ticket. Washington Post reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert and Republican and Democratic strategists will join him for the Hangout, which we will stream live in a Fix post and on the Washington Post Google+ page. Do you want to join them? E-mail jenningsng [at] washpost [dot] com with the question you would ask our panel and a link to your Google+ profile, or tweet your questions using #FixHangout.


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