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Florida Is Key Battleground In Presidential Contest

A recent poll shows GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney doing well among key groups in the Sunshine State, including with older voters, which is considered notable because of his proposal to overhaul Medicare. Meanwhile, on the campaign trail, President Barack Obama continues to offer warnings regarding GOP challenger Mitt Romney's positions on abortion and women's health issues.

The Wall Street Journal: Candidates Flock To Florida, Coveting Electoral Votes
Polls show Mr. Romney doing well among some key groups. In a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll, he led by large margins among men, whites and Cuban-Americans, and by a narrower one among independents. Mr. Romney also led by nine percentage points among likely voters age 60 and older. That lead is notable, given his controversial proposal to overhaul Medicare for future retirees (Campo-Flores, 10/18).

ABC: Obama Warns Women Of Losing 'Health Care Choices'
As the battle for undecided women voters intensifies, President Obama today warned that Republican nominee Mitt Romney would give more control over women's "health care choices" to their employers and politicians if he becomes president (Dwyer, 10/18).

The Hill: Obama Ad Highlights Romney 'Delighted' Remark On Abortion Ban
The Obama campaign is out with a new ad highlighting Mitt Romney's 2007 comment that he would be "delighted" as president to sign a bill banning all abortions if it was supported by most of the country. The attack comes the day after Romney released an ad of his own that said he would allow abortions in cases of rape and incest, or to save a mother's life. Abortion has moved to the forefront as both campaigns battle for the advantage with female voters, a crucial bloc that has been trending toward Romney since the first presidential debate in early November (Viebeck, 10/18).

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