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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)

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.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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