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Obama leads by 8, more independents siding with Obama in latest MU poll

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney following the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Rato
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney following the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Rato

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - President Obama has pulled out to an eight-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the latest Marquette Law School poll released.

Almost 12-hundred-50 likely voters next Tuesday gave the president a lead of 51-to-43 percent.  It's a much larger margin than the previous Marquette poll in mid-October, in which the Democratic president only had a one-point advantage in a statistical dead heat.

Obama’s new lead is well beyond the poll’s two-point-eight percent margin of error.

He’s been the leader in 11-of-14 Marquette polls this year – but the size of those leads have varied greatly throughout the year.

Pollster Charles Franklin says independents have accounted for the latest swing.

Obama now leads 46-41 among independents, while the same gave Romney a 49-45 advantage a couple of weeks ago.

Franklin also said early voting has made a difference for the president.

About 10% of likely voters have already cast their ballots – and they preferred Obama 56-to-36. The rest wouldn’t say how they voted.

Marquette poll was taken last Thursday through Sunday.

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