Presidential Polls 2012: Latest Rasmussen Swing States, Nationwide Polls Show Obama, Romney Virtually Tied

Obama and Romney Tied Nationwide and in Ohio
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(Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar)U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (L) shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the start of the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012.

The latest Presidential polls for the 2012 election by Rasmussen Reports has shown President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney tied nationwide. The White House hopefuls are also virtually tied in other polls across numerous swing states polls, including the all important state of Ohio.

The Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday Nov. 3 has shown Obama and Romney in a dead heat nationwide at 48 percent each, with 2 percent remaining undecided.

Of those votes 46 percent were certain they would be voting for Romney come election day, where as 45 percent were certain they would vote for Obama.

The news reaffirms Friday's Rasmussen poll results which showed Obama not behind Romney for the first time since the first Presidential Debate a month ago, where Obama was widely considered to have been lackluster and passive, resulting in a big slide at the polls.

In addition across swing states, which will ultimately decide this election, Obama and Romney are virtually tied.

Ohio is now tied with 50 percent for each Romney and Obama, according to a recent state poll. In Wisconsin the two candidates were also registered with 49 percent each of those surveyed in the state poll released on Thursday.

According to other recent state polls Obama is marginally ahead in Nevada, New Hampshire and Virginia. In all three states Obama was announced to be just 2 percentage points ahead of Romney; 50 percent compared to 48 percent.

In three other important states, Romney was ahead. In Florida Romney leads by 50 percent compared to 48 percent for Obama. In Iowa things were even closer with Romney leading by just a single percentage point, 49 percent compared to 48 percent. Finally in Colorado Romney was ahead by 3 points, 50 percent compared to 47 percent.

According to Rasmussen Reports polls, the Electoral College Map looks extremely close, with the president predicted to register 237 Electoral Votes, and with Romney on 206 Electoral Votes. The candidates would need 270 to win. However, interestingly only 172 Electoral College Votes are "safe" for Obama, compared to 167 "safe" for Romney, according to Rasmussen.

So as it has been predicted for weeks, the election will almost certainly come down to the key swing states.