New series of battleground polls has Obama on top

Meanwhile, Obama senior strategist David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning and strongly disputed the notion that allegedly "safe" Obama states like Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Michigan would go for Romney. That's despite the fact that Obama for America has begun airing ads in Pennsylvania and commissioned top surrogate Bill Clinton to campaign in the Gopher State.

In fact, to demonstrate his confidence, Axelrod told host Joe Scarborough he would make a major change to his appearance if those states went red.

"I will come on Morning Joe and I will shave off my moustache of 40 years if we lose any of those three states," he said. When challenged if he would do that on the program, he said yes, but only if the clean-shaven Scarborough would grow his own moustache.

"Oh, God, ewww," co-host Mika Brzezinski groaned. Scarborough said he would grow a mustache if Obama wins Florida and/or North Carolina.

"You know what?" Axelrod responded. "After the election, you guys aren't going to have that much to talk about so people can tune in every day and watch your mustache grow."

The momentum in the race for president has clearly been on Mitt Romney's side the past couple of weeks, but a series of battleground state polls indicate that's no longer the case.

Although some pollsters have suggested that Florida is already in Romney's hands, a new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll shows President Obama up by one, 48-47.

That same polling group has Obama up by five in Ohio (50-45), and by two in Virginia (49-47).

Public Policy Polling has Obama up by five over Romney in Iowa.

Before those polls were released, Jim Messina, the campaign manager for Obama For America, sent out this YouTube video with his take on the race six days out:


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