President Barack Obama will attend two fundraisers Monday in Connecticut, a state where he is facing an alarming decline in both political contributions and in some recent polling. Obama will head to the Stamford Marriott Hotel for a $500-per-person reception first. Then, he will be whisked off to the home of film producer Harvey Weinstein, where tickets to the dinner start at $35,800 per person.
With the two fundraisers, Obama aims to close the wide gap between Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the Constitution state. Backed by a surge of Wall Street support, Romney has more than doubled Obama’s total in the state, according to the centre for Responsive Politics.
By comparison, Obama more than doubled the Connecticut fundraising totals of Republican nominee John McCain in 2008.
But money isn’t the only problem for Obama in Connecticut. His lead over Romney in a recent Public Policy Polling survey shrunk to just 8 points, four years after he beat McCain by 23 points.
Looking deeper into the poll reveals that Obama’s problems in this campaign also resonate in states that are seen as “safe” for him, like Connecticut.
Men actually prefer Romney by a 6-point margin in the state, as Obama is buoyed by a near 20-point lead among women. Romney also garners 47 per cent of the Independent vote to Obama’s 40 per cent.
And though it’s a very small sample, African-American support of Obama has plunged to an alarmingly low 79 per cent (similar to the decline in PPP’s North Carolina survey). He won 93 per cent of the African-American vote in 2008.
His approval rating there has also sunk to 50 per cent, which is considered to be the lowest possible percentage for safe re-election.
“President Obama has quite possibly dropped more in Connecticut than in any other state he won in 2008,” PPP’s Dustin Ingalls wrote.
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