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Romney steals narrow lead from Obama as election nears

Published on Oct 25, 2012 6:00 AM
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at the Reno Event Center on Oct 24, 2012 in Reno, Nevada. Romney was 1 percentage point ahead of President Barack Obama in Wednesday's Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll in a presidential race that is effectively a dead heat less than two weeks before the Nov 6 election. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States (US) Republican candidate Mitt Romney was 1 percentage point ahead of President Barack Obama in Wednesday's Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll in a presidential race that is effectively a dead heat less than two weeks before the Nov 6 election.

In a reversal of Tuesday's results, Mr Romney led Mr Obama among likely voters by 47 per cent to 46 per cent, a statistically insignificant margin, in the four-day online tracking poll.

Mr Obama had a lead of 53 to 42 per cent among the 17 per cent of the surveyed registered voters who said they had already cast their vote.

Like many other polls, the rolling Reuters/Ipsos poll has shown a tight race since shortly after the two candidates met for their first debate on Oct 3. The two met for their third and last debate on Monday and most surveyed voters said the face-off did not change their view of either candidate.

 
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