U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) is joined by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) hands out birthday cake on his campaign plane on their way to Bedford, Massachusetts, September 14, 2012. (Photo : Reuters/Jim Young)
If Missouri polling data stay true up to Election Day, then former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will easily win their 10 Electoral College votes.
The majority in Missouri has voted for the Republican candidate since President George W. Bush in 2000. The last time Missouri voted 'blue' was for President Bill Clinton in 1996, likely due to governing Arkansas, located south of Missouri.
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According to a poll by Rasmussen Reports, Romney leads by double-digits. Conducted on Oct. 17 with 500 likely voters, Romney received 54 percent to Obama's 43 percent, an 11 point spread.
The margin of error of the Rasmussen poll was 4.5 percent.
Rasmussen noted the poll was orchestrated via telephone with three percent remaining undecided and one percent favoring a third party candidate.
The Public Policy Polling (PPP) saw the double-digit lead diminish by five percentage points. The PPP poll was conducted between Oct. 19 and Oct. 21 with 582 likely voters.
With a margin of error at 4.1 percent, Romney maintained his lead at 52 percent compared to Obama's 46 percent.
The poll, also conducted over the telephone, asked voters who they think won the second presidential debate last Tuesday and presented with a 42 percent tie for the two candidates.
PPP noted, "Missouri was the closest state in the country in the Presidential race in 2008, but it's not likely to keep that status this year."
When Real Clear Politics (RCP) averaged polls dating from Oct. 12 to Oct. 21 from Missouri, the double-digit lead for Romney came back at 10.4 percent. In the average, Romney received 53.7 percent to Obama's 43.3 percent.
RCP currently classifies Missouri as "Likely" for Romney but not a "Secured" state.
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