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The Battle for the Presidency ... of Ohio?

By Lauren Vicary - 2012-11-02T02:35:20Z

Photograph by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times via Redux

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Mind the Enthusiasm Gap

A Pew poll released just eight days ahead of Election Day shows the race between Obama and Romney tied among likely voters, at (ironic, isn't it?) 47 percent. Behind those top-line numbers are some additional figures that don't bode well for Obama. Just over three quarters -- 76 percent -- of Republican and Republican-leaning voters said they are likely to vote on Nov. 6. Only 62 percent of Democrats and those who lean Democratic said they are likely to vote. The enthusiasm gap is a big concern for Obama in several battleground states, including Ohio. The team that's more excited tends to have a higher turnout -- and usually takes home the win.

Left: Supporters at a campaign event for Romney and Ryan in Dayton on Sept. 25, 2012.