Gallup poll: Romney maintains 3-point lead over Obama, 50-47

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney leads President Obama by 3 points nationally, according to the closely watched Gallup daily tracking poll.

Romney takes 50 percent to Obama’s 47 in the poll of likely voters, released Thursday. That’s unchanged from Wednesday’s daily tracking poll.

{mosads}Obama, meanwhile, retained his 1-point advantage over Romney among registered voters in the survey, 48-47.

The survey is a rolling seven-day average through Oct. 24, so it completely encapsulates polling data since the second presidential debate last Tuesday night, Oct. 16, in Hempstead, N.Y., but includes only two days of reaction to Monday night’s foreign-policy debate in Boca Raton, Fla.

Gallup has received a lot of attention, as Romney’s lead among likely voters had been outsized in comparison to other polls. For most of the last week, Romney led Obama by between 5 and 7 points in the poll.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, Romney leads Obama by less than 1 percentage point, 47.7 to 47.1

An Associated Press-GfK poll released Thursday shows Romney edging Obama, 47-45.

But battleground polls show many states remain a toss-up.

In Ohio, a key state for both campaigns, a Time poll released Wednesday showed Obama up 5, with a 49-44 advantage, while a SurveyUSA poll showed the president topping Romney by 3.

A poll from conservative outlet Rasmussen put the two candidates tied in the Buckeye State, with 48 percent support apiece among likely voters.

The Gallup daily tracking poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

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