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New Poll Puts Presidential Race As A Dead Heat Between President Obama And Mitt Romney

NBC News calls it a 47-47 tie

By Glenn Blain

Oct 21, 2012 – The race for the White House is a dead heat.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday showed President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney tied at 47% with barely two weeks to go before election day.

Obama had held a 49-46 lead among likely voters in the most recent previous NBC/WSJ poll, which was conducted before any the presidential debates.

The new poll revealed Obama with a wider lead among all registered voters, 49% to 44% but showed his support weakening in key demographics.

Among women voters, Obama’s lead had slipped to its slimmest margin yet this year, 51% to 43%. Romney leads among men 53%-43%. Mitt Romney lost some ground gained by first debate, according to polls, but still doing strong.

The two candidates are essentially tied among voters in the Midwest.

"You saw those numbers a moment ago, I think they are only going to get better," Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Romney supporter, said on NBC’s "Meet The Press."

Obama supporters, meanwhile, shrugged off the numbers, saying they expected a close race.

"We feel good about where we are," said David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign. "We feel we are even or ahead in these battleground states." From   

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