Mitt Romney has the lead in Ohio and trails narrowly in Wisconsin, according to a new poll for the Republican group Citizens United.
Romney leads Obama by 49 to 46 percent in Ohio, according to the poll, and trails Obama in Wisconsin by 49 to 47 percent, according to polling first obtained by The Hill.
The polls also show Senate GOP candidates in better shape in the two states than recent public polling has suggested. Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) leads Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownSanders vs. Trump: The battle of the bully pulpit Fight over 'Buy America' provision erupts in Congress Trump’s economic team taking shape MORE (D-Ohio) by 50 to 45 percent in the poll, and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) edges Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinThis week: Pelosi's test Dems question FCC on data-free apps 115th Congress will be most racially diverse in history MORE (D-Wis.) by 47 to 45 percent. Recent public polling has shown Brown with a comfortable lead and Baldwin holding a narrow lead over Thompson.
Republicans have long argued that their polling shows Romney and other Republicans in a better position than nonpartisan public polls suggest. Only Election Day can prove whether or not they're correct.
The polls were conducted by Republican pollster Wenzel Strategies from Oct. 30-31. The Wisconsin poll of 1,074 likely voters has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, while the Ohio poll of 1,281 voters has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.
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