Latest Presidential Polls 2012: No Clear Leader in Race to White House; Swing State Ohio Polls Favor Obama, Florida Favors Romney

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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama speak directly to each other during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012. Reuters/Mike Sega

With just one 16 days to go until the nation elects the next commander-in-chief and less than 24 hours until President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney debate on foreign policy, both candidates are in a dead heat. 

According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Obama and Romney are now tied nationally. The polls show that 47 percent of likely voters will vote for both candidates. This is the first poll to be fully conducted after Tuesday's town hall debate.

Among registered voters, Obama is ahead of Romney by five points, 49 percent to 44 percent.

According to the polls, Romney leads among men (53 percent to 43 percent), Obama is up with women (51 percent to 43 percent) and they are essentially tied among voters in the Midwest.

Gallup's tracking poll shows that Romney is up by 7 percent; Rasmussen tracking poll has Romney up by 2 percent; an IBD/TIPP daily tracking poll  has Obama leading Romney by about 6 percent; and PPP has Romney up by one. 

In Florida, where 29 electoral votes are at stake, Romney is up by 2.1 points according to Real Clear Politics polling average. 

According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 49 percent of likely voters in Florida say they support Romney, with 48 percent backing Obama.

"Generational and income difference are the two main factors in the Sunshine State, with President Obama holding double-digit leads among younger and less affluent voters and Mitt Romney piling up big margins among older and higher-income voters," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Tomorrow's foreign policy and final debate will be held in Boca Raton, Florida. Early voting starts in Florida later this week.

In the key battleground state of Ohio, Real Clear Politics' average has Obama up by 2.1, 48.1 percent to 46. History has shown that no Republican has won with White House without winning Ohio. 

Rasmussen Reports shows that Obama leads Ohio with 49 percent of support to Romney's 48 percent. 

Ohio is among six battleground states with lower unemployment. 

On Thursday, President Bill Clinton and Springsteen campaigned for the president and made a special appearance together at a get out the vote event in Parma, Ohio at Cuyahoga Community College, West Campus.

In Iowa, Public Policy Polling has Obama trailing Romney by one point, 49 percent to 48 percent. 

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows the president ahead of Romney by as much as eight points. 

Obama is leading in Iowa by 2.4 points, according to RCP's average.

According to CNN, of the 463,219 early voting ballots requested in Iowa as of Thursday morning, 45 percent came from registered Democrats compared to 30 percent of registered Republicans.

According to a Rasmussen Poll in the 11 swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Romney earns 50 percent of the vote to Obama's 46 percent.

Obama Senior Adviser David Axelrod told NBC's "Meet the Press" that they "feel we're even or ahead in these battleground states."

"If you look at the early voting that's going on around the country, it's very robust and it's very favorable to us," Axelrod said.  "And we think that's a better indicator than these public polls, which are frankly all over the map." 

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