(CNN) - New polls released Thursday showed the battleground states of Colorado and Ohio remain statistically tied between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Likely voters in Ohio put Obama at 48% and Romney at 47%, and in Colorado, likely voters split 49% for Obama and 47% for Romney, according to the surveys by American Research Group. The sampling error of each survey was plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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In Colorado, the race was close across gender and age, as well as tied among independent voters. Independents went 48% to 45% for Obama over Romney. Younger voters and older voters were similarly divided between the two candidates. And among women, where other polls have shown Romney lagging behind Obama, ARG showed 50% went for the incumbent and 56% for the challenger.
In early August, Colorado was divided 45% for Obama and 50% for Romney, according to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University for CBS News and the New York Times.
The Ohio survey showed deeper divides. Romney held a lead of 16 points among independents, and lagged 10 points behind Obama among women. Men leaned towards Romney but were divided along the sampling error.
A mid-August Quinnipiac survey in the Buckeye State also showed the Ohio race tied up.
Both Colorado, with 9 electoral votes, and Ohio, with 18 votes, are toss up states on the CNN Electoral Map. In 2008, Obama won Colorado by nine points and Ohio by five points.
The vice presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle campaigned on Wednesday in Ohio, and President Barack Obama stumped in Colorado on Thursday.
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ohio needs to realize that it is benefitting from the competent management of republican gov. kasich who has turned the state around financially. if they want to see even better results, not having massive head winds from obama will make things even better. republican governors around the country are getting their states back on sound financial footings and are doing well. if the country wants to get the same results at the national level, then throw the democrats and obama out. otherwise you will get four more of the current nightmare.
Oh, MI and other states with GOP governors had admitted their recoveries are due to the Auto bailout, not the governors: if anything, their gutting of public payrolls slowed the recovery. NY is a perfect example of what happens when the parties work together: NY has produced thousands of new private sector jobs, especially in manufacturing. No "recoveries" built on Walmart and Staples in NY. Kasich is gone in 2 years, along with Snyder, Walker and rest of the Koch puppets. Kasich voted himself and his staff a pay raise, while Andrew Cuamo took a pay cut: you tell me who is behind the people of their state more?
My daughter goes to school in Colorado...Last time she voted for B.O. this time she votes Romney or she goes on the gov dole.
Obama will win Ohio and Colorado....Romney/Ryan is disgrace to our country.
Ohio Obama is on your side he save the auto industry and Romney said let it fail/bankrupt.
I've got it! I know what is wrong with the Romney campaign. They're fitting a square peg into a round hole.
obama is MURDERING our economy.
"I wouldn't get too excited just yet.
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Those polls you're citing are far different than the statistical analysis Silver is doing. He got the electoral vote spread exactly or almost exactly correct in 2008 and predicted almost every single race in 2010 accurately. It's far different than people simply making phone calls and reporting the results.