Swing States Poll Shows Obama and Romney in a Virtual Tie

Obama and Romney compete for voters in states like Colorado, Virginia, Nevada and North Carolina.

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It looks like Virginia, Florida and North Carolina are living up to their "battleground state" status.

A USA Today/Gallup poll out Monday shows the fight in 12 key swing states between presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will be an exceptionally tough one, with both candidates neck-and-neck.

According to the poll, Obama is holding 47 percent of the vote, compared to Romney's 45 percent. Obama voters edge out Romney's supporters, 55 percent to 46 percent, in terms of enthusiasm for the upcoming election.

The poll is the first of its kind since Romney effectively sealed up the GOP nomination. The poll is a significant improvement over the former Massachusetts governor's performance in a March poll, when Obama had a 9-point lead. [GOP Leaders Start to Rally Around Romney--Sort Of]

The numbers, however, are in no way indicative of what may happen in the November election.

More than 30 percent of voters in swing states are still on the fence about who they will vote for in 2012.

Among those polled, 11 percent of Obama supporters said they might actually vote for Romney, and 13 percent of Romney supporters reported they could be convinced to vote for the president.

Among solid supporters, voters are unwavering in their allegiance for Romney or Obama, with 36 percent saying they were sure they would cast ballots for Obama, compared to 32 percent who were positive they would vote for Romney. [Check out U.S. News Weekly: an insider's guide to politics and policy.]

The poll, taken between April 26 and May 2, surveyed nearly 1,000 registered voters in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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