It’s a good time to be a Republican presidential contender. The latest Gallup polling is showing that all of the candidates are virtually tied in a head to head competition with the incumbent president. And, in the case of front runner Mitt Romney, Barack Obama is actually trailing the former governor.
Obama trails Romney 46 to 48 among registered voters, although he leads once all respondents are included, coming in at 47 to Romney’s 46.
The Romney versus Obama numbers have always been tight, but what is more disturbing is that other candidates are closing in on the Democrat as well. Obama and newly announced candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry are tied at 47 percent each among registered voters, and Congressman Ron Paul and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann only trail the president by 2 points and 4 points respectively, both within the poll’s margin of error.
Can the president’s anticipated September jobs talk bring his numbers back around? Or will he continue to decline as the economy, and the political infighting, has the potential to become even more disastrous?
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