New Poll Shows Obama, Romney in Dead Heat

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Republican challenger Mitt Romney has closed the gap with U.S. President Barack Obama and the two are now neck and neck in the White House race, a poll released Wednesday shows.

Romney, the party's presumptive nominee now that his main Republican rival has folded up his campaign, matched Obama 46-46 percent among registered voters who were asked in a CBS News/New York Times poll who they would vote for if the election were today.

Last month, a survey by the same media outlets showed Obama with a 47-44 advantage.

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, gained a bump in support in the week since religious conservative Rick Santorum dropped out of the Republican race, effectively handing Romney the nomination.

CBS and the Times conducted the poll, whose margin of error is three percentage points, between last Friday and Tuesday, after Santorum ended his campaign.

Republicans -- who split their votes between Romney, Santorum, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and congressman Ron Paul in more than two dozen state primary contests this year -- are now rallying behind Romney.

According to the poll, 54 percent of Republican primary voters say they want Romney as their nominee in the November election, a dramatic increase from March when just 30 percent said they wanted him.

Two of the most prominent Republicans in Congress, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, endorsed Romney on Tuesday, with McConnell saying "I think it's going to be an incredibly close and hard-fought race."

Comments 2
Missing forces 19 April 2012, 13:10

agree very pathetic, obama should call in the national guard to terrorise the other side, or even attempt to assasinate him, then it wouldn't be so pathetic would it. Isn't that the type of democracy you are supporting? or is it because the story relates to America that you hate it so much?

Default-user-icon Ramez (Guest) 19 April 2012, 19:12

Dear naive sissy Hazbali NonsenseSputter: This is what we call, we Lebanese, Democracy. And it is a very ancient concept implying culture, history, and global views in each and every individual. Therefore, it remains definitely out of reach for fundamentalist fossil beans, alienated by collective passive "cultures" with no real history nor views. From there, no wonder why human groups belonging to fossil beans paddocks (Iran, Assads "Syria", North Korea, and what remains from alikes) are poor, illiterate, unsteady and generally infirm, their peoples migrating with no exception towards Democracy founded societies. What about changing your alias into CocacolaEjac...?