As the Republican National Convention gets set to begin in Tampa next week, the race for President couldn't be closer. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are essentially tied in the latest tracking polls, with neither candidate able to open a statistically significant lead. In Missouri, the president's numbers are improving, while the same is true of Romney in Virginia.
The most recent Rasmussen poll of Missouri has good news for the President. As the controversy around candidate Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment continues to rage, Mitt Romney's huge lead in Missouri has disappeared overnight. The new poll of 500 likely voters, conducted on Aug. 22, found Obama with a one-point lead over Romney, 47 to 46 percent. The result is within the poll's 4.5 percent margin of error. This is significant because a Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll, released yesterday, gave Romney the lead by 10 points, 52 to 42 percent.
In a reversal for Obama, Romney has pulled even in the battleground state of Virginia. A PPP poll last week had the president ahead of his Republican rival, 50 to 45 percent. A new Rasmussen poll of 500 likely voters in Virginia found the two candidates tied at 47 percent each. The poll, conducted Aug. 23, had a margin of error of 4.5 percent.
The most recent nationwide tracking polls show that the race remains a virtual toss-up as the national conventions get set to begin. Today's Gallup Tracking poll of more than 3,000 registered voters asked their preference if the election were today. The two candidates were tied at 46 percent each, with a margin of error of 2 percent. The Gallup Tracking poll is a rolling seven-day average.
The most recent Rasmussen Tracking poll, conducted between Aug. 21-23, gave Romney a one-point lead nationwide, 46 to 45 percent, with a 4.5 percent margin of error. Other nationwide polls show similar results. Earlier this week, a Fox News poll conducted between Aug. 19-21 also found Romney with a one-point lead, 45 to 44 percent. That poll of 1,219 registered voters had a margin of error of 3 percent. And in a poll conducted by the Associated Press between Aug 16-20, the results were flipped, with Obama in the lead over Romney by 1 point, 47 to 46 percent. The poll surveyed 885 registered voters, with a margin of error of 4.1 percent.
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