Obama, Romney Neck-And-Neck In Three States
NBC News and Marist are out with a new round of swing state polling with some interesting, surprising results:
A new round of NBC News-Marist polls shows President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney running almost neck-and-neck in three key battleground states, with Obama holding a slight advantage in Michigan and North Carolina, and the two candidates tied in New Hampshire.
In Michigan, Obama is ahead by four percentage points among registered voters, including those who are undecided but are still leaning toward a candidate, 47 to 43 percent.
In North Carolina, the president gets 46 percent to Romney’s 44 percent, which is within the survey’s margin of error.
And in New Hampshire, the two men are tied at 45 percent each.
The numbers in Michigan are interesting to say the least. Four years ago, the President beat John McCain by seventeen percentage points there, and the Republicans have not won the state in a Presidential election since George H.W. Bush did it 1988. Given the Romney family connection to the state, there has been a question as to whether the state would be competitive this year. At least judging by this number, it may very well turn out to be which, considering that the state has 20 Electoral Votes, could end up being a big deal.
The North Carolina numbers are actually a little surprising. Obama only won that state by less than 20,000 votes in 2008 and the Democrats have been suffering setbacks there ever since. If there’s any state where Romney has a chance to flip the result from the previous election, it would be the Tarheel State. However, at the moment at least it looks like we’ll have a contest there to keep an eye on.
New Hampshire is less of a surprise. Yes, Obama did score a fairly strong win there in 2008, but Romney’s ties to the state are as strong as his ties to Massachusetts (where he admittedly has no hope of winning) so this one is going to go down to the wire. At only four Electoral votes, New Hampshire doesn’t seem like it would matter, but in a razor close election it too could prove decisive.