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Blue Skies for Everyone

President Barack Obama arrives at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

November 18, 2011

Patches of blue sky are breaking out for President Obama in the true blue states.

Three surveys out this week show Obama opening substantial leads over Republican front-runner Mitt Romney in several of the mega-states at the foundation of the "blue wall": the 18 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have voted Democratic in at least the past five consecutive presidential elections. This continues a largely overlooked pattern evident in polling in several other "blue wall" states since mid-October - and suggests that it may be more difficult for the GOP to vastly expand the Electoral College map than the weakness of Obama's national approval ratings might suggest.

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