A new survey from Public Policy Polling (D) shows President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tied in Missouri, both men getting 45 percent in a possible matchup there. Obama's approval rating is underwater at 45 - 50, but Romney struggles with favorability in the state: only 30 percent of general election voters see him positively, while a majority of 54 percent see him in a negative light. Other possible GOP Presidential candidates do a little worse -- Obama bests Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) by two, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum by three, and former House Speaker Newt gingrich by seven.
Missouri was won by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008, surpassing Obama by a little over 3,600 votes out of nearly three million ballots cast in the state.
“It’s been a good week for Barack Obama in our polling,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling in a release. “He’s leading Mitt Romney nationally and in Ohio, and now tied with him in Missouri. The big question is whether this is just a State of the Union bounce or something that might prove to be more long lasting."