A new, automated We Ask America poll of Missouri shows Mitt Romney jumping out to a 49%-40% lead over Barack Obama.
Both candidates consolidate 82% of their parties, but Romney owes his big lead to a 49%-31% edge with independents.
In 2008, Missouri was the closest state in the nation, with John McCain nipping Obama by less than 1%.
But Romney has held consistent, very solid leads over Obama throughout the past year.
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