Obama holds edge over Romney in Ohio but narrower lead in Florida, Virginia

Washington, Nov. 1 (ANI): President Barack Obama has maintained a five-point lead over Republican rival mitt Romney in the crucial swing state of Ohio, a new poll has found.

According to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll of likely voters, Obama now leads Romney 50 percent to 45 percent among likely voters in Ohio.

The survey found that Romney, however, has gained ground in Florida and Virginia, where the race is now effectively tied.

Obama's lead in Florida has been shrunk from nine points in September to just one point in the new survey, which shows him with 48 percent support and Romney with 47 percent, CBS News reports.

The poll found that the president's lead in Virginia has shrunk from five points in early October to two points in the new survey, and now has 49 percent support as compared to 47 percent advantage Romney has.

Romney has taken the lead among seniors and white voters in Florida in the new survey, and he has a significant advantage among independents in Virginia.

In Florida and Ohio, the presidential candidates are now running about even on handling the economy. In Virginia, Romney has an edge.

According to the poll, in Florida and Ohio, Obama leads among those who have already cast their ballots, with a significant lead in Ohio, 60 to 34 percent. (ANI)

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