1. POLLS

    Romney Plunges in Key States

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    There’s more bad news for the Romney campaign as a new Wall Street Journal/NBC/Marist poll reveals he is falling behind in Iowa, Colorado, and Wisconsin—places he had hoped to gain a foothold. In Iowa, Obama leads by 8 points (50–42), just four months after the two were neck and neck in the state. Other recent polls show Romney’s prospects are dimming in critical battleground states like Florida, Virginia, and Ohio. Obama's campaign coffers are fuller as well: the president has $88.8 million cash on hand as of the end of August, according to campaign fundraising reports released on Thursday. Romney, meanwhile, had $50.4 million to spend, but he owed $15 million on a $20 million loan taken that month.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal