The Washington Times - October 20, 2012, 08:49AM

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has seized momentum in the key swing state of Florida but still trails President Obama in Ohio, according to a poll released Friday.

A Fox News poll has Mr. Romney leading the president in the Sunshine State, 48 percent to 45 percent, after trailing by 5 percentage points one month ago in a Fox News poll.

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Mr. Romney has made up ground in several swing states since his widely-acknowledged victory in the first presidential debate on Oct. 3.

While the Republican has made up 8 points in Florida, Friday’s poll showed that Mr. Obama is holding strong in Ohio with a lead of 46 percent to 43 percent. He led by 7 points in a Fox News poll last month.

Both states, which carry a combined 47 electoral votes, are expected to be crucial to the candidates’ hopes. It has often been noted that no Republican has been elected president without winning Ohio, and no Democrat has done so since John F. Kennedy in 1960.