With both presidential candidates campaigning in Ohio today, three new polls show the race has reached a statistical deadheat in the battleground Buckeye State. Ohio is of paramount importance because the state awards 18 electoral votes to the election winner, which is second only to Florida’s 29 electoral votes among the nine swing states in this year’s campaign.
One of the three new Ohio polls, which was conducted by American Research Group, Inc. from October 5 through yesterday shows Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama 48 percent to 47 percent. That poll has a four percent margin of error and found just four percent of Ohio voters are undecided and just one percent will vote for third party candidates.
President Obama is ahead in both of the other new polls, but they are also within the margin of error.
A poll conducted by an NBC affiliate in Columbus found the president ahead of Mr. Romney 45 percent to 44 percent. That poll, which had a 3.5 percent margin of error found eight percent of Ohio voters remain undecided and three percent will be voting for third party candidates. The third new Ohio poll was conducted by CNN and ORC International between October 5 and October 8. It found President Obama leading Mr. Romney in Ohio 51 percent to 47 percent with a 3.5 percent margin of error. In that poll, just one percent of voters said they would choose other candidates and another one percent said they remain undecided.
Last Wednesday, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said he believes Mr. Romney will “crush” President Obama in Ohio. However, the Obama campaign has said they fully expected the wide lead the president was enjoying in Ohio polls before the debates to diminish. Speaking to reporters on board Air Force One yesterday, President Obama’s campaign press secretary Jen Psaki noted “we’ve long said long before the debate that we expected the race to tighten.”