Election 2012

Mitt and Barry Tied in Latest Poll

CNN poll has the gap between them within the margin of error

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The race between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney remains close nationally, according to a poll released Friday afternoon by CNN/ORC International. Obama attracted 49 percent of likely voters to Romney's 47 percent, within the poll's margin of error.

Obama led, 52 to 43, among a broader pool of registered voters including those less likely to vote—consistent with CNN's last poll in early August. Historically, polls of likely voters tend to show slightly more favorable numbers for Republicans.