Polls: Romney Gains Five Points In Florida, Closes Gap On Hispanic Voters

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If Barack Obama wants to win Florida and nab its vital 29 electoral votes, he's got some big-time work to do at tomorrow's debate. 

Two new polls out today find not only that Mitt Romney has gained five points in Florida since dominating in the first debate, but more worryingly for the prez that he's come close to equalling Obama's support among Hispanics in the Sunshine State. 

The first poll, which comes from Public Policy Polling, finds that Romney now leads Obama in Florida 49 to 48 percent. 

That's within the range of error, but it confirms what other recent polls have found -- Romney got a big bounce among independents with his debate dismantling of Obama. PPP's last poll in Florida in late September had Obama with a 50 to 46 percent lead. 

That change came mostly via independent voters, who favored Obama 51 to 40 percent before the debate and now prefer Romney 51 to 43 percent.

"Voters have warmed up to Romney a good bit," the polling firm writes. "Meanwhile Obama's approval numbers have gone the other way."

A second poll sponsored by the Miami Herald and FIU, meanwhile, finds Obama crushing Romney among Hispanic voters everywhere except Florida.

The difference here? Yep, Cuban-Americans, who are starting to mass behind Mitt Romney's campaign after a lukewarm start. 

A survey of 1,000 Hispanic voters found Obama destroying Romney nationwide 66 to 33 percent. In Florida, though, Obama's only leading 51 to 44 percent.

Subtract the Cuban vote from the poll, the Herald reports, and Obama's Florida numbers are similar to his national support -- 66 percent to 33 percent.

As usual, it seems, the battle for Florida could well come down to Miami-Dade's Cuban-American turnout. 

Hey Obama: Why not throw an anti-Castro line or two into the debate on Tuesday? 

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Self-deport? What the heck does that mean? I have no doubt Hispanics have been alienated during this campaign. But now there’s an opportunity for Gov. Romney to have a sincere conversation about what we can do and why. I absolutely advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. Republicans want to be tough and say, ‘Illegals, you’re gone.’ But the answer is a lot more complex than that.Don’t just talk about Hispanics and say immediately we must have controlled borders. It’s kind of insulting when you think about it

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It costs U.S. taxpayers almost $10 million a year — more than $100 million since TV Martí began — to keep broadcasting TV Martí's anti-Castro invective into the ether.In order to provide aid to recently arrived Cuban immigrants, the United States Congress passed the Cuban Adjustment Act in 1966. The Cuban Refugee Program provided more than $1.3 billion of direct financial assistance. They also were eligible for public assistance, Medicare, free English courses, scholarships, and low-interest college loans. Some banks even pioneered loans for exiles who did not have collateral or credit but received help in getting a business loan. These loans enabled many Cuban Americans to secure funds and start up their own businesses.


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