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Polls: Obama ahead in swing states

5:03 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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David Jackson
USA Today

5:20PM EDT November 2. 2012 - A slew of polls Friday give President Obama the edge in eight key swing states that will likely decide the Electoral College next week.

Obama has small or middling leads in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada and New Hampshire.

A separate poll in Colorado gave Republican challenger Mitt Romney a 1-point lead over the president.

Most of the polls are well within the margin of error, and Romney aides are claiming momentum across the country.

The Republican candidate will need to win most of these swing states -- particularly Ohio -- if he is to rack up the 270 or more electoral votes needed to unseat the president.

Here are Friday's poll numbers, courtesy of Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:

Colorado: Romney 47%, Obama 46% (Reuters/Ipsos)

Colorado: Obama 50%, Romney 46% (Public Policy Polling)

Florida: Obama 48%, Romney 46% (Reuters/Ipsos)

Iowa: Obama 49%, Romney 45% (Gravis)

Michigan: Obama 52%, Romney 47% (Rasmussen)

Nevada: Obama 50%, Romney 44% (Mellman)

New Hampshire: Obama 50%, Romney 44% (New England College)

Ohio: Obama 49%, Romney 49% (Rasmussen)

Ohio: Obama 47%, Romney 45% (Reuters/Ipsos)

Virginia: Obama 49%, Romney 44% (Reuters/Ipsos)

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