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It's Romney by a nose in new Gallup poll

It's Romney by a nose in new Gallup poll
Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets supporters after speaking at a rally on April 3, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney held a slight lead Monday over President Obama in the U.S. presidential race in the first Gallup tracking poll for the November election.

Romney bagged 47 percent of the vote and Obama had 45 percent on the survey taken last week among registered U.S. voters.

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The previous Gallup survey conducted in late March had the president with 49 percent and Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, with 45 percent.

The results were also highly partisan with both Obama and Romney supported by 90 percent of the registered members of their respective parties. Respondents identified as independents leaned strongly toward Romney, with 45 percent compared to 39 percent for Obama.

Gallup noted the poll was conducted Wednesday through Sunday, after Rick Santorum dropped out of the GOP race. It surveyed 2,265 registered voters by telephone and carried a margin of sampling error of 3 percentage points.

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