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The latest Presidential Polls for Election 2012 have continued to indicate that the election will be as close as any in recent memory.
The latest Rasmussen Reports poll as well as the latest Swing States polls show no clear consistency of who is ahead, and even where a candidate is ahead the lead is almost negligible.
In the latest Rasmussen Reports presidential tracking poll for Wednesday Oct. 31, Mitt Romney holds a 2 point lead over President Barack Obama. Romney gained 49 percent compared to 47 percent for Obama. In that poll, third party candidates made up a further 2 percent, and undecided voters made up just 3 percent.
Meanwhile Gallup has now not released any daily presidential polls for two days, as it has suspended its tracking poll due to Hurricane Sandy.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post national presidential poll also has Mitt Romney ahead, but by just a 1 percentage point advantage. Romney recorded 49 percent of the poll compared to 48 percent for Obama. Those with "no opinion" made up a single percentage point of that poll. The poll was conducted from Oct. 26 to Oct. 29.
Meanwhile CBS News/New York Times have also conducted a new national presidential poll which oppositely has President Obama ahead by just 1 percentage point. In that poll Obama scored 48 percent compared to 47 percent for Romney. Undecided voters made up for 3 percent.
In addition, CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac have conducted a statewide presidential poll across three of the core swing states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia, which will go a long way to deciding who is in the White House in a week's time.
The Florida poll, which was released on Oct. 31, showed Obama with a 1 percent lead, with the president taking 48 percent compared to Romney's 47 percent. Undecided voters made up just 3 percent.
The Ohio poll gave Obama the clearest margin of victory, showing him with a 5 percentage point lead - 50 percent, compared to Romney's 45 percent. However, undecided voters in the state were larger than most, and made up 4 percent of those polled.
The Virginia poll meanwhile also gave Obama a 2 percent lead; 49 percent compared to Romney's 47 percent. Undecided voters were at 3 percent, according to the poll.
The polls are so close it makes it hard to predict with any certainty who will win come election day, but again the polls indicate the possibility that Romney could win the Popular Vote but still lose the election to Obama, who could win the Electoral Vote by winning in key swing states.