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September 24, 2012
Reports last week that President Barack Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the polls are confounding many Republican analysts and Obama critics. Nationally, the Real Clear Politics average shows Obama up by almost 4 points, and polls in a dozen battleground states show him leading in 10, by margins ranging of 2-8 points, and Romney up in only two. How is Obama doing it? Given his record, what is keeping the president afloat politically?