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The Cost of Romney's Success

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally at Gregory Industries in Canton, Ohio, Monday, March 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The new NBC/Wall Street Journal national survey released Monday, like the NBC/Marist polls released yesterday in the key swing states of Ohio and Virginia, quantify the broad sense in both parties that Mitt Romney's slog toward the GOP nomination has come at a palpable price for November.

In the NBC/WSJ survey, Obama held a 50 percent to 43 percent advantage over Romney nationally, up from a 47 percent to 44 percent lead in the average of the news organizations' polls during the second half of 2011, just before the voting began in the Republican race. What's especially striking about the new survey is that it shows Obama has made his biggest gains among the group that has consistently resisted him the most: white voters without a college education

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