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Republican nominee Mitt Romney has expanded his lead over President Barack Obama in the latest Washington Post/ABC tracking poll to 3 percentage points. It was a 2-point increase from Wednesday, when Romney held a 1-point lead for the second consecutive day.

It’s also significant because it means that Romney has hit 50 per cent in three tracking polls today: WaPo/ABC, Gallup and Rasmussen.

The 47-per cent mark for Obama is his lowest since before the national conventions in late September. It’s also a 4-point swing from Monday, when Obama held a 1-point advantage over Romney.

Other crucial numbers for Romney:

  • He leads the president 52-43 on the question of which candidate would best handle the economy. 
  • He has effectively pulled even on the question of which candidate “better understands the economic problems people in this country are having,” which has been a key advantage throughout the race for Obama.
  • Romney has also moved into a virtual tie on voters’ perception of who would best handle international affairs.

Obama, though, still has key advantages on which candidate would best “advance middle-class interests.” And his job approval sits right at 50 per cent.

Here’s how the tracking polls stack up for the day:

  • Gallup: Romney 50, Obama 47
  • Rasmussen: Romney 50, Obama 47
  • IBD/TIPP: Obama by 2
  • PPP: Obama 49, Romney 48

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