The race between Republican Mitt Romney and President Obama remains razor-thin in Florida and Virginia while Mr. Obama retains a 6-point lead in Ohio, according to new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.
Among likely voters, Mr. Romney holds a 1-point edge in Virginia, 48 percent to 47 percent, after trailing Mr. Obama in the Old Dominion by 2 points on Oct. 3, 48 percent to 46 percent.
Mr. Obama leads Mr. Romney by 1 point in Florida — 48 percent to 47 percent — after holding an identical 1-point lead on Oct. 3 at 47 percent to 46 percent.
In Ohio, Mr. Obama leads Mr. Romney by a 6-point, 51 percent to 45 percent margin after leading 51 percent to 43 percent on Oct. 3.
Meanwhile, in the state’s all-important U.S. Senate races, Democrat Tim Kaine leads Republican George Allen by 1 point, 47 percent to 46 percent among likely voters in Virginia — down from a 49 percent to 44 percent lead on Oct. 3. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson holds a sizable 13-point lead at 52 percent to 39 percent over GOP Rep. Connie Mack in Florida. And Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown holds an 11-point lead against Republican Josh Mandel, at 52 percent to 41 percent.
The party identification breakdown for Virginia is 30 percent Democrat, 28 percent Republican and 40 percent independent. For Florida, it is 40 percent Democrat, 39 percent Republican and 20 percent independent among likely voters. In Ohio, it is 40 percent Democrat, 29 percent Republican and 29 percent independent.
The polls, conducted from Oct. 7-9, have a margin of error among likely voters of 3.1 percentage points.