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September 20th, 2012
06:05 AM ET

Troubling signs for Romney with independent voters? CNN Political Director Paul Steinhauser breaks down latest polls

Mitt Romney and President Obama are both reaching out to Latinos tonight. Romney attends a late night rally in Miami, Florida, a critical swing state that could decide the election. The GOP candidate addressed Latinos on Hispanic and educational issues at a forum at the University of Miami yesterday, distancing himself from his “47 %” comments.

President Obama is scheduled to make the same appearance at the “Meet the Candidates” forum co-sponsored by Univision and Facebook tonight. CNN Political Director Paul Steinhauser breaks down the their latest poll numbers on “Early Start” this morning.

Democrats and Republicans have likely already made their decision for November. Steinhauser says poll numbers among Independents are the most interesting. “Among Independents,” Steinhauser says, “more than half say no difference,” in regards to whether Romney’s fundraiser comments make them more or less likely to vote for Romney. “Of those who say it makes a difference by a two-to-one margin, they say they’re less likely to vote for Romney. That could be a little troubling for Mitt Romney.” This is just one poll that was conducted Tuesday night, Steinhauser cautions. More numbers will follow soon.

“For Mitt Romney to win in November, he’s gotta win all the states that John McCain did four years ago,” Steinhauser says. “Plus, he’s gotta make some pick-ups.” Poll numbers, however, show Obama in the lead in Michigan and Wisconsin, where Romney and running mate Paul Ryan are from, respectively. These are “troubling signs,” Steinhauser says.

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