David Paleologos, the Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, who, on October 9, told Bill O’ Reilly that the center would no longer be surveying Florida or Virginia because the states were clearly going for Mitt Romney.
“I think in places like North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, we’ve already painted those red, we’re not polling any of those states again,” Paleologos said. “We’re focusing on the remaining states.”
While Romney may indeed win Florida and/or Virginia, the two states are far from locked down for Romney. Sure, the most recent Times/Herald poll of Florida shows Romney with a six point lead for Romney, but a Marist/NBC poll has Obama with a two point lead, as does the most recent Reuters poll. A third poll, this one conducted by the Mellman Group, has Obama with a two-point lead over Romney.
The point is, Florida is clearly not “painted red” — or blue, for that matter — and the state certainly merits the attention of any pollster worth his crosstabs.