Presidential Polls 2012: Latest Rasmussen Poll Gives Romney Edge, Final Swing States Polls Show Split

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(Photo: Reuters/Alex Gallardo)Carol Braddock of Los Angeles casts a vote to take advantage of early voting at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office in Norwalk, California October 25, 2012.

The latest and final Presidential Polls for Election 2012 released by Rasmussen Reports has given Romney a 1 percentage point lead over Obama nationwide, where as across the key swing states of Ohio, Virginia and New Hampshire the two candidates were caught in a virtual tie. The polls reveal just how tight this election will be.

The final Rasmussen Reports tracking poll released on Tuesday morning has indicated that Republican candidate Mitt Romney has a 1 point lead over President Obama, with the poll scoring it 49 percent to 48 percent to the GOP hopeful. That result remains consistent with the Rasmussen Reports poll published on Monday.

The poll also shows that most people believe Romney will lead the economic situation better than the president, with 50 percent compared to 47 percent backing Romney on the issue.

However, most are predicting that Obama will be re-elected. Fifty-two percent have said that they believe Obama will be re-elected for a second term, where as only 38 percent believe Romney will get into the White House.

The latest Electoral College Map projections from Rasmussen also shows that 237 Electoral College Votes are expected to be all-but-confirmed for the president, where as Romney only has 206 almost certain Electoral College Votes.

With 270 Electoral College Votes needed to enter the White House that means the swing states remain essential and will be key in deciding who will win the election.

According to Rasmussen Reports, among those who have already voted prior to election day 43 percent are Democrat, and 33 percent are Republican. That is good news for the president as both candidates are thought to have extremely strong and loyal backing from their own party members.

However, interestingly Romney has a double-digit advantage when it comes to unaffiliated voters, according to Rasmussen.

Romney also leads among white voters, claiming 58 percent, where as Obama leads strongly among non-white voters.

In the key swing state of Ohio, both candidates were registered as tied on 49 percent each, according to Rasmussen Reports.

In Virginia, Romney leads 50 percent compared to Obama's 48 percent.

In New Hampshire, Obama leads 50 percent compared to Romney's 48 percent.