President Barack Obama got encouraging news Wednesday in three key swing states, as a new Quinnipiac Polling Institute survey showed him edging ahead in Wisconsin, Colorado and Virginia.
All three are considered toss-ups. While Wisconsin had been solidly Democratic in 2008, it is in play in part because Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The Quinnipiac survey found Obama up 51-45 percent, up from a 2 percentage point lead in late August, after Ryan was chosen.
In Colorado, the race remains too close to call, but Obama held a 48-47 advantage, and in Virginia, he was up 4.
Obama, said Quinnipiac assistant director Peter Brown, has gained ground. The polls were conducted Sept. 11-17