A new CNN poll shows President Obama just edging GOP contender Ron Paul in a hypothetical matchup. (Obama: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/ Paul: Scott Audette/Reuters)
If you are looking for signs of President Obama’s vulnerability, there are plenty to be found in the latest CNN poll. But one number stands out: If that hypothetical election were held tomorrow, Obama would beat Ron Paul—yeah, that Ron Paul—by just four points.
The CNN poll also showed that Perry’s poor debate performance Thursday has not seemed to have seriously jeopardized his status as the Republican front-runner. He holds a seven-point edge over Romney at 28%. (If Palin doesn’t run, Perry’s support jumps two more points.)
And while the survey showed Paul to be competitive with Obama in a head-to-head matchup, the libertarian-leaning Texan still didn’t crack double digits in the Republican primary. (He’s actually down six points from the last CNN poll.)
More evidence, too, that Bachmann’s campaign is suffering a rapid decline, the kind that makes oxygen masks fall out of the ceiling: The Minnesota congresswoman grades out at just 4 percent, close to the margin of error, or what might be called Huntsmanville.
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