Recent Polls Show 2012 Settling Into Deadlock

President Barack Obama greets supporters as he arrives at a campaign grassroots event at the Iowa state fairgrounds, in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, May 24, 2012.

With about five months until Election Day, a slew of recent polls show the presidential campaign is settling into dead-lock, both nationally and in key battleground states.

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee in waiting, are even or close to it in Iowa, Nevada and Colorado, according to NBC/Marist College polls of each state released Thursday morning. While Mr. Romney is competing in all three states, they are not as critical in his potential paths to 270 electoral votes as larger swing states, such as Virginia, Ohio and Florida, as the WSJ wrote.

Mr. Obama maintains a narrow lead in those three states, but receives less than 50% support, according to surveys from the same pollsters released last week.

As Messrs. Obama and Romney enter into the summer lull of campaigning, they are increasingly competing, and spending millions of dollars, to persuade relatively few undecided voters.

Just 5% of registered voters are genuinely undecided in Nevada, according to the survey, with 10% up for grabs in Iowa and 8% in Colorado.

Similarly, Gallup’s national Daily Tracking poll for much of May finds the two candidates remain tied at 46% support, as they were in early April.

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