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Following Monday's third Presidential Debate, the latest presidential polls for swing states in the 2012 elections continue to show a staggeringly tight contest.
Polls continue to show President Barack Obama ahead in a number of vital swing states, including the critical battle ground of Ohio. If Republican candidate Mitt Romney loses Ohio he will have an extremely difficult path to gaining the count needed to enter the White House. However, although it is difficult, that path is certainly a lot closer and within reach than it was a month ago.
A Suffolk University poll has been released showing Obama and Romney tied at 47 percent each. Meanwhile a CBS News poll has placed Obama up by 5 percentage points over the same period as that poll.
A few other polls in Pennsylvania have also put Obama in the lead; the Morning Call places Obama with a 5 point lead - scoring Obama with 50 percent of those surveyed compared to just 45 percent for Romney.
Furthermore a Gravis survey has also put Obama ahead, although by slightly less, at just 3 percentage points in the lead.
The Obama camp will be sure to jump on those figures and continue their drive to take the state. Pennsylvania is an extremely important state for Obama to win to try and gather up the extra 20 electoral votes needed to remain in the White House.
In Nevada, Obama is also given a slight lead by an ARG poll, although this one is bordering on the "tied" category. It scores Obama in the lead with 49 percent compared to just 47 percent for Romney.
In a separate Iowa poll by Rasmussen, Romney and Obama are scored in an evenly matched tie. Rasmussen also indicates that the Republican is ahead in Colorado by 4 percentage points. If those numbers are true then that is big news for Romney. If the GOP contender can take Colorado it would be a big win, as Colorado and Virginia have been the closest states being polled among swing states in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, another ARG poll for New Hampshire has placed Romney ahead with a 2 percentage point lead. That state only carries 4 electoral votes, but on various calculations of possible election outcomes, those 4 votes could prove vital if Romney is to snatch the White House from President Obama.
The Romney camp will be strategizing every day on these vital swing states, and if he can take a 25 point collection from New Hampshire, Colorado, Iowa and Nevada, it could clear the pathway to the presidency. If Romney does lose Ohio, all of those states would be vital for the GOP candidate to win if he is to claim victory.