For the 10th consecutive night in ABC News/Washington Post tracking polls, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are virtually tied among likely voters — today, it’s 49 percent Obama, 48 percent Romney, a statistical tie in a survey with a 2.5 percentage point margin of error.
In some of the key battleground states — particularly Ohio and Iowa — the president has gained a more significant though still narrow advantage.
And in those eight hard-fought states, ABC’s survey finds, 35 percent of likely voters already have taken part in early voting. Nationally, 27 percent of likely voters say they already have cast their ballots.
While the Electoral College contest will be won in those eight states, likely voters nationally “continue to divide about down the middle,” ABC reports: “It’s the 10th consecutive release with the two contenders both at either 49 or 48 percent. ”