The NBC/Marist poll found that Obama has advantages with Colorado voters on social issues and national security, while Romney has the advantage on reducing the national debt. The majority of voters in Colorado say the economy is their top issue in the November, but are evenly split over which candidate would be better at handling the economy.
Colorado's unemployment rate, at 8.1 percent last month, is just below the national average.
The Obama campaign is seeking to rally support among Colorado's growing numbers of Hispanics and young people, two groups where the president has an edge over Romney. The presumptive GOP nominee sees an opportunity to make up ground in the state's traditionally Republican rural areas. His campaign is also hoping to appeal to middle-class voters in the vast Denver suburbs, who may be unhappy with the economy.
However, Obama has an advantage among this group's key segment: suburban women.
Associated Press writer Thomas Beaumont and AP deputy director of polling Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report.
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