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November 5th, 2012
06:35 AM ET

Romney surrogate Rep. Diaz-Balart: Election will be close, Romney doing well because voter 'passion' for Obama 'isn't there'

Less than a day away from the end of the 2012 presidential race, CNN is bringing you the latest on the election. Battleground Florida is a close call for both candidates. The latest Miami Herald poll has Mitt Romney ahead by six points, while the latest Wall Street Journal poll has President Obama leading by two. This morning on "Early Start," Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) weighs in on the numbers. He is serves on the Romney campaign's Hispanic Steering Committee.

“The only poll obviously that matters is the last one,” Congressman Diaz-Balart says, “the one counted after all the votes are cast.” But he says he feels that Romney is doing well because “you do not see that passion that Obama in 2008” and “the economy is frankly struggling.”

The Hispanic vote is a key demographic nationwide and is crucial in Florida. Congressman Diaz-Balart responds to a recent Pew poll in which 66% of likely Latino voters choose Obama while 27% choose Romney. “I think you’re gonna see the Hispanic numbers getting much better for Governor Romney” in the swing states where the Romney campaign has focused, Congressman Diaz-Balart says. “However it’s an issue that we still have to deal with long term.”

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