(CNN) – New polls in Virginia and New Hampshire indicate close contests in those two swing states in the race for the White House.
According to an American Research Group survey released Friday in Virginia, 49% of likely voters support President Barack Obama, with 47% backing Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
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The new survey is similar to a Suffolk University poll in the Commonwealth that came out Thursday. But other recent polls indicated a larger margins for the president (he was up 4 points in a Quinnipiac/CBS/NYT poll; he was ahead by 7 points in a Fox News poll; and leading by 8 points in a Washington Post survey).
The ARG poll is the fifth non-partisan, live operator survey of likely voters in Virginia to be conducted over the past two and a half weeks. A CNN Poll of Polls which averages all the surveys together indicates the president at 49% among likely voters, with the former Massachusetts governor at 45%.
Both Obama and Romney separately campaigned in Virginia on Thursday.
Four years ago Obama became the first Democrat since 1964 to win Virginia in a presidential election. Thirteen electoral votes are up for grabs in the state.
The president holds a five point 50%-45% advantage over Romney in a new ARG poll in New Hampshire, that was also released Friday. Obama's edge is within the survey's sampling error. The ARG poll in the Granite State comes out just one day after an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey indicated Obama 7-points ahead of Romney in New Hampshire, 51% to 44%. The president's lead in the NBC/WSJ/Marist survey is outside of the poll's sampling error of 3.1 percentage points.
There are four electoral votes at stake in New Hampshire, which Obama won four years ago. George W. Bush's victory in New Hampshire in 2000 was the last time a Republican carried the state in a presidential election.
The American Research Group polls were conducted Sept. 24-27, with 600 likely voters in New Hampshire and 600 likely voters in Virginia questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.