President Barack Obama holds a lead outside the margin-of-error over Mitt Romney in New Hampshire but the race is tight in Nevada, according to new polls out Thursday evening.
The latest swing state polls from NBC News, Marist College and the Wall Street Journal show Obama leading by 7 points among likely voters in New Hampshire, 51 percent to 44 percent. Romney is personally unpopular in the Granite State, where he maintains a home. Forty-three percent of New Hampshire voters view the Republican nominee favorably, compared with 52 percent who view him unfavorably.
The contest is closer in Nevada, where Obama leads Romney, 49 percent to 47 percent. Perhaps no state was hit harder by the recession than the Silver State, but Obama holds his own against Romney on the all-important issue of the economy there. Forty-eight percent of Nevada voters believe Romney would do a better job handling the economy, while 47 percent say Obama.
The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama holding roughly 4-point leads in both New Hampshire and Nevada.
Correction: This post originally referred to New Hampshire as the Nutmeg State. In fact, the Nutmeg State is the nickname of Connecticut, whereas New Hampshire is known as the Granite State. TPM regrets the error.
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