Presidential race tightens in latest Wis. poll

Baldwin holds 2-point lead over Thompson

Published On: Oct 11 2012 08:55:10 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 11 2012 08:56:42 AM CDT

President Barack Obama holds a three-point lead over Mitt Romney in the latest release of Wisconsin polling data.  Obama’s lead is down from six points last month.

The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll was taken after the first presidential debate.

Obama’s lead is now within the poll’s margin of error.

The same poll also found the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Tammy Baldwin and former Gov. Tommy Thompson remains tight.  Baldwin has a two-point lead over Thompson.  The same poll conducted in September showed the two candidates tied at 47 percent.

The poll was also conducted in Colorado and Virginia.  In all three states, the percentage of voters who think the national economy is improving has risen since August.

In Wisconsin, both presidential candidates are even on handling the economy.

Heading into the vice presidential debate Thursday, voters in the battleground states included in the poll expect Paul Ryan to emerge the victor over Joe Biden.