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UPI Poll: Election may rest on 5 states

Nov. 2, 2012 at 12:37 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The race between U.S. President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney has narrowed to results in five states, a United Press International survey indicated.

In Colorado and New Hampshire, Obama and Romney are tied at 49 percent each, the UPI-CVoter poll released Friday indicated. In Iowa, Ohio and Virginia, the gap between the two candidates is only 1 percentage point, well within the margin of error for each state.

Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia represent 50 of the 538 Electoral College votes. A candidate needs to win 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidential election.

The UPI-CVoter poll indicates Obama has 253 Electoral College votes and Romney has 235 votes.

Projections were calculated from data obtained from telephone interviews of 1,444 likely voters nationwide, including battleground states, Oct. 25 through Thursday. The margin of error is 4.5 percentage points.

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