Washington:  Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has edged ahead of US President Barack Obama, a poll conducted by a leading national daily said here.
    
According to The Washington Post/ABC news poll released on Friday, for the first time Romney has received 50 percent of the voters support while Obama trails closely behind with 47 percent.
    
Incidentally, the daily revealed the results of the poll on a day it endorsed Obama for his second term arguing he's better equipped to take on econ challenges, while Romney would blow hole in budget.
    
"As Romney hits 50, the President stands at 47 percent, his lowest tally in Post-ABC polling since before the national party conventions. A three-point edge gives Romney his first apparent advantage in the national popular vote, but it is not one that is statistically significant with a conventional level of 95 percent confidence," The Washington Post said.
    
In fact a slew of national and regional polls hit the waves on Thursday ahead of the November 6 elections; all indicating that it is a dead heat between the two candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and that the contest has now reduced to some key battle ground States like Ohio, Nevada, Virginia and Florida.
    
Both the Rasmussen Report Gallup Daily Tracking put Romney in a three lead over Obama, while according to AP-GfK poll the Republican presidential candidate is leading by two points over the incumbent.
    
The series of polls conducted in key battle ground States gave a mixed signal yesterday with Obama leading in some, and Romney ahead in others – but it is a close race in almost all these States. In Virginia, Romney is now leading by two points, according to a Fox news poll, while according to Time magazine Obama is ahead of Romney by five points.
    
Obama is also in lead in Iowa and Wisconsin according to Public Policy Polling (PPP). The Wall Street Journal / NBC News / Marist poll found Obama and Romney tied in Colorado with the support of 48 percent of likely voters each.
    
In Nevada, the poll found Obama barely beating Romney, 50 to 47 percent, among likely voters.
    
Meanwhile, the Obama Campaign dismissed polls that Romney has closed the gap with regard to women voters and the two candidates are now virtually tied.

(Agencies)

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