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.


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.