Romney Up 7 Points Nationally

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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks with campaign staff after boarding his campaign plane at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia October 18, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney extended his lead in Gallup’s Daily Tracking poll on Thursday. The former Massachusetts governor is up by 7 points, leading the president 52 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. Four days ago, Romney had just a 2-point lead. A separate Gallup poll showed President Obama’s job approval rating remaining at 50 percent. A new Pew poll also released Thursday shows Americans continue to give Obama a slight edge when it comes to national security issues. The survey showed 47 percent trust Obama to handle foreign policy, while 43 percent believe Romney would do a better job.