Obama up by 10 points in poll of Colorado, other battleground states

A poll that surveys voters in 10 key swing states, including Colorado, has Barack Obama surging into a double-digit lead over John McCain this week, according to an “early look” teased Tuesday afternoon.

The Diageo/Hotline battleground tracking poll shows:

Among registered voters surveyed in Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin and Nevada, Obama tops McCain 50% to 40%. Just a week ago, Obama led 45% to 42%.

A Rasmussen poll released Monday showed a much tighter race in Colorado, with Obama ahead 49-48 over McCain.

A week ago, a Rasmussen Reports survey found Obama with a three-point advantage. Two weeks ago, McCain had a two-point advantage in a Fox News/Rasmussen Reports poll.

The two candidates have been within three points for five consecutive polls, confirming Colorado’s status as a competitive swing state. It is also a very important state in this year’s Electoral College calculations. In many scenarios, if Obama can move this state from the Republican to the Democratic column, that will be enough to win the White House.

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