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US Election Updates - October 25, 2012

Romney takes marginal lead as Election Day nears

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was 1 percentage point ahead of President Barack Obama in Wednesday's Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll.

Less than two weeks before the November 6 election, Romney led Obama among likely voters by 47 percent to 46 percent, a reversal of Tuesday's results.

Romney held a wider lead among independent voters with 37 percent of them saying they would pick the Republican if elections were held today. Thirty-one percent chose Obama.

The Democratic incumbent, however, leads 53 percent to 42 percent among the 17 percent of the surveyed registered voters had already cast their vote.

Like most polls, the rolling Reuters/Ipsos poll has indicated a close race following the two candidates’ first debate on October 3, in which Romney produced a surprisingly strong performance while Obama failed to impress voters.

The two met for their third and final debate on Monday though most surveyed voters said the face-off did not alter their opinion of either candidate.

The accuracy of Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. The credibility interval on the survey of 1,222 likely voters is 3.2 percentage points and 2.8 percentage points for the 1,621 registered voters.