The Washington Times - November 1, 2012, 02:39PM

The battle for Iowa is neck and neck between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Thursday.

A Rasmussen Reports poll shows Mr. Romney leading the president 49 percent to 48 percent in the Hawkeye State, which Mr. Obama won by 9.5 percentage points in 2008.

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The firm polled 750 likely voters in the state, which is widely considered to be one of the few toss-up states heading into Election Day.

Polls this week by We Ask America and NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College showed the president with leads of 2 and 6 percentage points in Iowa, but recent polls by Rasmussen, the University of Iowa and Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling have called the race a virtual tie.