President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are locked in tight races in three swing states, according to a trio of new NBC/Marist polls released Thursday.
According to the polls, Obama holds small leads in Michigan and North Carolina, but the president and Romney are deadlocked in New Hampshire. Obama’s largest lead is in Michigan, where he tops the former Massachusetts governor, 47 percent to 43 percent. Still, that amounts to a much tighter race than many anticipated in a state pegged as favorable political terrain for Obama due to his administration’s successful bailout of the U.S. automotive industry. The NBC/Marist survey is the latest of several recent public polls released over the last month that shows an increasingly close race in Michigan.
In North Carolina, where Demcrats will host their national convention at the end of the summer, Obama edges Romney, 46 percent to 44 percent. Meanwhile, the two candidates are tied at 45 percent in New Hampshire, where Democrats have won in four out of the previous five presidential elections.