10/26/2012 05:11 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Obama Holds Slim Lead In Ohio Polls

President Barack Obama, who continues to run neck-and-neck with challenger Mitt Romney in national polls, got some good news Friday in the crucial battleground state of Ohio, where three new polls showed him with a slim lead.

Obama led Romney 50 percent to 46 percent among Ohio likely voters, according to a CNN/ORC poll conducted Oct. 23 through Oct. 25. That's close to where the candidates stood at the beginning of the month. Among independent voters, Obama led 49 percent to Romney's 44 percent.

The CNN poll surveyed 741 likely voters, with a 3.5 percent margin of error.

Two other polls in the state, from the American Research Group and Purple Strategies, also showed Obama edging Romney, in each case by two percentage points. A poll released Wednesday by Rasmussen showed the candidates tied.

HuffPost Pollster's estimate gives Obama the lead in Ohio by more than two percentage points.

With the margin so close, both campaigns remain focused on winning the state. Obama and Romney each held Ohio rallies this week and plan to return over the weekend.



2012 Swing State Polls