Election eve polls show edge for Obama
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Election eve polls show edge for Obama

Numbers show the president with a 2-3 percentage point lead over Romney, including in several swing states

Supporters spell out "Ohio" as they cheer for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, not pictured, as he speaks during a campaign event at The Square at Union Centre, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in West Chester, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Supporters spell out "Ohio" as they cheer for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, not pictured, as he speaks during a campaign event at The Square at Union Centre, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in West Chester, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The day before the United States elections, new polls show President Barack Obama with a slight lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney: A Washington Post-ABC News poll of likely voters gave Obama 50 percent against Romney’s 47%, and a Reuters/Ipsos poll gave Obama 48% to Romney’s 46%.

While both polls have margins of error of 2.5-3.5 percentage points, indicating that the race is still essentially too close to call, the Washington Post-ABC poll revealed that 55% of likely voters think Obama will emerge victorious, with just 35% predicting a win for Romney and 10% unsure.

The Reuters poll gave Obama a slight advantage in several important swing states as well. In crucial Ohio, Obama was at 50% to Romney’s 46%, 48% against 46% in Colorado, and 48% against 47% in Virginia.

Obama needs a victory in just a few swing states to ensure his victory. However, the Reuters poll gave Romney a 1% advantage (48% to 47%) in populous Florida, which Obama carried in 2008.

 

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