VIDEO- Poll-itics: President Obama leads Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in Florida and S. Carolina


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Via First Read:

President Obama’s standing has improved in Florida, always a key presidential battleground state. 

Forty-six percent of registered voters in the state approve of his job, which is up five points since October.

In hypothetical match-ups, the president leads Romney by seven points (48 to 41 percent) and Gingrich by 12 points (51 to 39 percent).

In South Carolina -- a reliable Republican state in presidential contests -- Obama’s approval rating stands at 44 percent, and he holds narrow leads over Romney (45 to 42 percent) and Gingrich (46 to 42 percent).