The Washington Times - April 16, 2012, 03:37PM

A poll released Monday shows that presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney holds a slight edge over President Obama in the coming election — thanks in part to garnering more support among independents.

The inaugural Gallup poll’s daily tracking results, which cover from April 11 to 15, show Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, supported by 47 percent of registered voters nationwide, to Mr. Obama’s 45 percent.

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Both men received the support of about nine of 10 people in their respective parties.

“The crucial voting bloc of independents breaks toward Romney by 45 percent to 39 percent, giving the GOP challenger his slight overall edge,” Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor-in-chief, said in the poll analysis.