Poll Shows Romney, Obama Tied in Ohio

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Oct. 28 2012 1:04 PM

Latest Poll Shows Romney, Obama Tied Among Likely Voters in Ohio

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Several recent polls have given President Obama a slim advantage in the Buckeye State

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There were likely more than a few cheers coming out of the Mitt Romney campaign Sunday thanks to a new Ohio poll of likely voters that shows the race tied in the key state. The poll for the Ohio Newspaper Organization, a group of the eight largest newspapers in the state, shows that support for each candidate is at 49 percent. That number represents a significant decrease for President Obama that was ahead by five points in the last poll released in late September, points out the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Other recent polls, however, suggest the advantage may still be with the president in the crucial swing state. The Real Clear Politics average for the state has Obama up by 1.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Obama continues to hold a slim lead in Virginia, 51 to 47 percent among likely voters in the latest Washington Post poll. Although Obama is (barely) ahead of the margin of error of 3.5 percentage points, the latest poll still marks a clear decline from the eight point advantage the president had in mid-September. In an example of just how strongly each side is fighting for votes, 44 percent of likely voters say they had been contacted by the Obama campaign while 41 percent said they had been contacted by Romney's campaign.

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