Obama, Romney close in North Carolina and Florida, new polls show

August 27, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* New CNN/Time Magazine/ORC polls show President Obama leads Mitt Romney 50 percent to 46 percent in Florida. In North Carolina, Romney leads Obama 48 percent to 47 percent. Both leads are inside the margin of error.

* With Tropical Storm Issac approaching the Gulf Coast, senior GOP convention officials said they were considering worst case scenarios, including a quick nominating vote and an abbreviated Romney speech in a smaller venue.

* At a hometown campaign appearance that also served as a preview for his convention address, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) discussed his family's journey to the U.S. from Ireland and underscored the importance of community over government.

* Some Missouri delegates to the Republican National Convention are not happy with the efforts by Romney and national Republicans to pressure Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to end his Senate campaign. Karl Rove, on the other hand, said that if Akin "really cares are about the values of conservatism and pro-life, he will not go down for defeat as the biggest loss by a Republican candidate for Senate in modern history."

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* In an appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Republican Senate nominee Tom Smith appeared to compare having a child out of wedlock to rape. When asked follow up questions about his apparent statement, Smith said he was not saying the two are similar.

* Democrat Elizabeth Warren outraised Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) during the past six weeks, $3.7 million to $2.3 million. Brown has $14.2 million in the bank to Warren's $12.3 million.

* Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has released a TV ad criticizing his Senate opponent, former Republican congresswoman Heather Wilson. "After ten years in Congress, she’s lost touch with New Mexico families. Wilson voted for tax breaks for Wall Street banks," the ad says. It's an interesting line of attack, since Heinrich himself is a member of Congress.

* A Pew Research Center survey shows that more Americans (52 percent) are interested in learning about the Republican Party platform than they are about the convention speeches of Romney (44 percent) and Ryan (46 percent).

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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