12-07-2016  4:32 am      •     

New polls out Saturday in two of the smaller battleground states - where the first votes of this cycle were counted last January -- show a neck-and-neck race in one state and an advantage for President Barack Obama in another.In Iowa, which has six electoral votes, Obama has an edge over GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney among likely voters, 47 percent to 42 percent, according to a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.

The race for four electoral votes in New Hampshire is a dead heat, according to the WMUR Granite State Poll. Obama and Romney are tied at 47 percent among likely voters, the poll showed, and when asked towards whom they are leaning, the state's small number of undecided likely voters are evenly split.

A series of polls in key states has begun to trickle in over the past 24 hours, giving a view of the race just days out from Election Day on Tuesday. Polling was suspended in some states and nationwide as Superstorm Sandy tore into the East Coast on Monday and Tuesday. Two samples of Ohio, including a CNN/ORC International poll, showed Obama had an advantage in the Buckeye State. In Florida, one poll showed Romney with an advantage and another showed Obama had an edge.

Just over four in ten Iowa voters have already cast ballots, and Obama has a 22 point lead among those who have voted early. The poll also shows Romney with an eight point advantage among those who plan to cast ballots on Election Day, and that early voting has been lighter among the more Republican areas in the state's Northwest.

New Hampshire has limited absentee voting ahead of Election Day, but no early polling.

In the Granite State, this poll reflects a tightening since early October, when several polls showed Obama held a lead - 15 points by the WMUR poll's assessment -- over Romney, who was the former governor of the state's southern neighbor, Massachusetts, and who owns a home in New Hampshire.

A separate poll of Iowa likely voters, conducted Sunday and Monday, showed Obama at 50 percent and Romney at 40 percent.

In the New Hampshire gubernatorial race, the poll indicates former state Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has a five point advantage over the Republican, lawyer Ovide Lamontagne.

The Iowa poll included 800 likely voters reached between October 30 and November 2. It had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 points.

The New Hampshire survey was conducted between October 31 and November 2. It included 502 likely voters and had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 points.

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