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2012: Closing the gap

Latest polls: National: Pew: Romney leads 49-45% among likely voters and the candidates are tied 46-46%, among registered voters; State: MI: EPIC/MRA has Obama up 48-45%.

Downballot: In North Dakota, Mason-Dixon has the Senate race tied at 47% between Rick Berg (R) and Heidi Heidtkamp (D). In Indiana, a GOP poll shows Richard Mourdock (R) ahead of Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) 45-42%. A Howey Politics poll two weeks ago showed Donnelly up 2.

Pew: “Mitt Romney no longer trails Barack Obama in the Pew Research Center’s presidential election polling. By about three-to-one, voters say Romney did a better job than Obama in the Oct. 3 debate, and the Republican is now better regarded on most personal dimensions and on most issues than he was in September. Romney is seen as the candidate who has new ideas and is viewed as better able than Obama to improve the jobs situation and reduce the budget deficit.”

Political Wire: “USA Today's Susan Page told the PBS Newhour that the new Gallup daily tracking poll will show Mitt Romney and President Obama are "virtually tied" when it switches from registered voters to likely voters beginning tomorrow. Obama held a 5 percentage-point lead among registered voters in today's poll release.”

The Detroit Free Press: “Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s strong performance in his first debate with President Barack Obama helped him trim Obama’s lead in Michigan to three percentage points, a poll released today to the Free Press shows. Obama’s 10 percentage point lead (47%-37%) in a poll conducted last month by EPIC-MRA of Lansing dropped to 3 points (48% to 45%), according to the poll of 600 likely voters conducted by EPIC-MRA of Lansing.”

Bill Clinton is campaigning for candidates in California, Arizona, Indiana, and Iowa, Politico reports.