Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a two-point advantage in the race for Ohio’s Electoral College votes, a Rasmussen poll released Monday found.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Ohio voters shows Romney with 50% support to President Barack Obama’s 48%. One percent likes some other candidate, while another one percent remains undecided.
Ohio remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections. Based on the current projections, Romney would have to win Wisconsin if he loses Ohio in order to move into the White House.
The candidates have been locked in a very tight battle in Ohio since August. A week ago, Romney and Obama were tied 48% support each, and this is the first time Romney has taken even a modest lead in the race, noted Rasmussen.
Several days ago, Romney took his first lead in Electoral College predictions, with a 206 to 201 advantage over Obama.
In addition to Ohio and Wisconsin, the toss-up states are Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Hampshire, Michigan, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada.
Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have donated another $10 million to a super PAC supporting Romney, it was reported Monday.
Adelson, 79, chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp, has emerged as one of the largest patrons of Republican causes, donating at least $47 million.
The Adelsons gave $5 million each to the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future, accounting for about half of the fund's cash raised from October 1 through 17, according to Federal Election Commission filings released last week. The filings are the last disclosures before the November 6 elections.
A recent survey by the Israel Democracy Institute reveals that a majority of Israelis, when considering what's best for the Israel and its interests, would like to see Romney become the next president of the United States.
57% of those surveyed said they think the Republican candidate would be the better leader to handle foreign affairs in the Middle East and to look out for the best interests of Israel, while only 22% think another four years of the Obama administration will be beneficial.
In an interview with NBC News late last week, Obama attempted to justify why he has not visited Israel since becoming president.
"The truth of the matter is, there are a number of countries I didn't visit,” Obama said. “I visited Israel just a couple of months before I was president."
"Given how important I think the situation in the Middle East is and our partnership with Israel, which is stronger than it’s ever been, when I go to Israel, I want to make sure that we are actually moving something forward,” the president continued.