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Pollsters: Obama ahead of Romney in key states

As President Barack Obama prepares to address a convention of Latino elected and appointed officials in Florida Friday, a new poll shows him far ahead of Republican Mitt Romney among Hispanics in five key swing states.

Hispanics are expected to comprise about 9 percent of the vote this year, and could be particularly crucial in swing states.

Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Offices at their conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday and was met with polite but lackluster applause. Obama is expected to get a far warmer reception.

Latino Decisions pollsters surveyed 400 Hispanics each in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia.

In Florida, Obama led Romney, 53-37 percent. He had a 74-18 margin in Arizona, and was up 70-22 in Colorado.

Nevada Hispanics preferred Obama, 69-20 percent, while Virginia Latinos gave him a 59-28 percent edge. Registered voters were surveyed between June 12 and 21. Each state sample has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

-- David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers