“President Barack Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney 49 percent to 45 percent in the battleground state of Iowa, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll has found,” the newspaper reported on Sunday
“Iowa is familiar turf for both candidates. They each campaigned heavily here four years ago during the caucuses. This year, each candidate has visited the state half-a-dozen times or more, has sent his vice presidential running mate for repeated visits and dispatched his wife to rally support. And from April through August, the candidates and groups that support them bombarded Iowa with nearly $30 million in television ads.
“The result: Almost all likely voters in Iowa have made their choices. Four percent support someone other than the two major party candidates. Just 2 percent remain undecided, the poll shows.
“But 10 percent say they could still be persuaded to vote for another candidate, the poll found, and that represents an opening for Romney. Another opportunity: persuading more Iowans he can fix the economy, viewed by likely voters in the poll as a priority issue.”
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