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2012: A trio of new polls

The latest polls:
OH: Ohio Newspapers/University of Cincinnati: Obama 51-46% (up two points from a month ago)
FL: Mason-Dixon: Obama 48-47%.
National: Politico/GWU Battleground: Obama 50-47%.

“New polling by Reuters/Ipsos indicates that during the past two weeks - since just after the Democratic National Convention - support for Romney among Americans age 60 and older has crumbled, from a 20-point lead over Democratic President Barack Obama to less than 4 points,” Reuters writes. “Romney's double-digit advantages among older voters on the issues of healthcare and Medicare - the nation's health insurance program for those over 65 and the disabled - also have evaporated, and Obama has begun to build an advantage in both areas.”

Here’s the transcript from the Romney-Obama interviews on 60 Minutes last night.

In a softer portion of the interview, in which both candidates were asked about what they do when they have alone time to think, both cited 10 pm and reflection, but Romney said he prays every night, Obama said he does some reading and writing.

“South Carolina is in federal court arguing that its new law requiring people prove their identity at the polls won’t make voting so tough that it reduces turnout of African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities,” the AP writes. “A federal panel is to determine whether South Carolina’s voter identification law violates the Voting Rights Act by putting heavy burdens on minorities who don’t have the identification. Last December, the Justice Department refused to allow South Carolina to require the photo IDs, saying doing so would reverse the voting gains of the states’ minorities. Closing arguments in the case — which went to trial in August and included several state officials as witnesses — were scheduled for Monday.”

“Up to 10 million Hispanics could be dissuaded from voting in the upcoming election because of changes to voting laws, a report from a civil rights group will say,” USA Today writes. “The Advancement Project says in a report to be released tomorrow that restrictions in 23 states -- such as photo identification laws, requirements to prove citizenship and attempts to remove non-citizens from voter rolls in states such as Florida -- will have a "disproportionate effect" on Latinos and people of color.”