Obama holds edge over Romney in crucial swing states as prez campaign hits final stretch

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 03, 2012 06:10 hrs

President Barack Obama is holding a slight edge over Republican rival Mitt Romney in the latest polls buoyed by better than expected job figures, as both the candidates begin a four-day, round-the-clock 'marathon of campaigning events' in swing states.

Polls on Friday showed that Romney's momentum had stalled, putting Obama ahead in most of the battlegrounds, including Ohio, which both candidates see as a must-win state for the White House.

Three polls in Ohio have put Obama ahead, the latest a CNN/ORC poll showed that the president was leading by 50 percent support as compared to Romney's 47 percent.

Nate Silver, the New York Times pollster, increased Obama's chances of winning the presidential race to 80 percent.

According to the Guardian, Republicans blamed Hurricane Sandy for Romney's lost momentum as they lost days for campaign, providing an opportunity for Obama to appear to dominate in the news.

Obama also gained momentum after new figures showed that nearly 171,000 jobs were created in October, better than predicted, the report said.

The president also won plaudits for his handling of Sandy, including from Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and the endorsement of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, it added. (ANI)

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