Romney Gains on Obama in Ohio in Quinnipiac/CBS News Poll

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely voters in Ohio by five percentage points, 50 percent to 45 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News poll released today.

That’s a decline for the president from last month’s poll, where he led his Republican challenger by 10 percentage points, 53 percent to 43 percent.

The new poll shows the president maintaining a strong lead among female voters, 55 percent to 40 percent, while Romney leads among men, 51 percent to 44 percent.

“The good news for Governor Romney is that he has sliced President Obama’s lead in Ohio in half in the last month,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement accompanying the poll. “The bad news for Romney, and the good news for Obama, is that no Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio and the challenger is running out of time to make up the remaining difference.”

The telephone poll of 1,548 likely voters was conducted Oct. 17-20 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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