>

Paul trails Obama by just four points


A new CNN poll shows President Obama just edging GOP contender Ron Paul in a hypothetical matchup.

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.

While it may be a sign that some voters are adopting an anybody-but-Obama attitude, that same poll shows Obama handily stomping candidates such as Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

And, truth be told, Obama still tops everyone in the GOP field with the exception of Mitt Romney, who runs even with the president. Obama would beat Rick Perry by five points, the poll said.

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.)

Neither could the conservative flavor of the moment, Herman Cain. The only second-tier contender who did? Newt Gingrich. Newtmentum anyone? Anyone?

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.

Read more @ LA TIMES

16 Total Views 1 Views Today
Did you already share this? No? Share it now: