Kos/SEIU Poll: Obama Closes Gap Since Last Week, Race Now Tied

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each earn the support of 48 percent of likely voters nationwide, according to Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Kos/SEIU Weekly State of the Nation Poll — a change from the 4-point lead held by the Republican nominee a week ago.

The poll, conducted by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, shows Obama winning by 9 points among women voters, while Romney has a 12- point edge among men. Among those who have already cast their ballots, 53 percent said they voted for Obama, while 45 percent said they voted for Romney. Other polls have shown the president with commanding leads among early voters in a number of swing states. Tuesday’s poll shows the former Massachusetts governor claiming a narrow lead among those who plan to wait until Election Day 49 percent to 47 percent.

In last week’s Kos/SEIU poll, Romney reached the 50 percent threshold among likely voters, while Obama trailed with 46 percent support. The PollTracker Average shows the two candidates running in a virtual dead heat.