US President Barack Obama (R) is greeted by former President Bill Clinton during a rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on November 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SamadJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
1330hrs, 5 November, 2012 PST
With national polls in the US presidential elections showing a neck-and-neck race, Romney was in Florida, Virginia, and New Hampshire, while Obama was trying to protect Wisconsin from an eleventh-hour challenge from the GOP before heading to Iowa. And that’s where the two campaigns believe the race will be decided, according to Associated Press.
The report continues:
And in an indication of just how all-important Ohio was once again to the future occupancy of the White House, both candidates planned to be on the ground in Columbus Monday evening for dueling rallies seven miles apart.
Whoever wins Ohio has a simpler path to amass the 270 electoral votes needed to claim the presidency. With Obama showing a lead in most polls of the state’s likely voters, Romney voiced guarded optimism Sunday in Cleveland, saying Obama’s re-election is “possible, but not likely.”
A final national NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll showed Obama getting the support of 48 percent of likely voters, with Romney receiving 47 percent. A Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll had Obama at 49 and Romney at 48. A Pew Research Center poll released Sunday showed Obama with a 3-point-point edge over Romney, 48 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.
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