Michigan and Pennsylvania are now up for grabs in the 2012 presidential race – according to new polls published on Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, they appeared to be for President Barack Obama’s taking, but new surveys show that GOP challenger Mitt Romney has closed gaps among voters, creating virtual statistical dead heats in those purple states.
In Michigan, USA Today
reports, Obama now leads Romney by only three points, 48 to 45 percent, according to a poll of 600 likely voters by EPIC-MRA. The president had led by as much 10 points.
And Obama held a slim 49-to-46 percent lead over the former Massachusetts governor in the state, according to a poll by Fox News 2 in Detroit, USA Today reports.
That survey, published on Tuesday, was taken two days after Obama’s poor performance in the first presidential debate in Denver.
In Pennsylvania, Obama’s lead is just as slim, 43 to 40 percent, according to a survey published on Tuesday by the Sienna Research Institute, USA Today reports.
Obama won the state by 11 points over Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2008.
Neither Obama nor Romney has spent much money on advertising in those states this election cycle.
Romney’s campaign has spent no money in either state, while the Obama campaign has spent nothing in Michigan and less than $5 million in Pennsylvania, USA Today reports.
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