Gallup Gives Romney Just a 1-Point Lead

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Gallup Gives Romney Just a 1-Point Lead
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Gallup Gives Romney Just a 1-Point Lead

The final Gallup poll released today shows Romney maintaining a one point lead over Obama. The poll, which has shown large Romney leads in recent weeks, became a target for the Obama campaign, but is still being closely followed. The final numbers were first leaked by Gallup's editor-in-chief Frank Newport to Ira Boudway of Blooomberg Businessweek in advance of the usual 1 p.m. release time. The neck-and-neck figure follows a week without the poll in the wake Sandy, and is a major change since the poll's last results, which showed Obama trailing the Republican by five points. Gallup suspended polling because the storm would have limited the organization's ability to get a fully representative sample. 

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In this last measure, Gallup, once looked at as an outlier, now shows the race in essentially the same place as the average of other polls. Obama leads by a narrow 0.4 points in the Real Clear Politics average, which doesn't take into account this most recent Gallup poll. 

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