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Races too close to call

Presidential, senate races expected to be tight in final days

Election polls aren’t everything, but if new numbers in the Senate and presidential races hold true, Election night could be a nail biter.

Polls in recent weeks have given Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the edge, but last week’s third and final presidential debate has closed the gap slightly.

President Barack Obama leads Romney by just 1 percent among 1,295 likely voters. The Washington Post/ABC News poll, released Sunday, was conducted Oct. 23-26 and has a 3.5-point error margin.

A Gallup poll released Monday showed Romney up by 4 percent among likely voters. Approximately 2,700 likely voters were surveyed.

In Ohio, the two candidates seem to be tied at 49 percent. Released Sunday, an Ohio News Organization poll with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points questioned 1,015 likely voters Oct. 18-23.

Closer to home, the race between Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-2nd District, and Republican opponent State Treasurer Richard Mourdock is also too close to call.

Released on Friday, a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee poll of 446 likely voters showed Donnelly up 47 percent to 40 percent with a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.

On the same day, an internal poll by the Mourdock campaign of 600 likely voters showed the race tied at 44 percent with a 4-percentage point margin of error.

Both polls were conducted after the Oct. 23 debate during which Mourdock made comments suggesting God intended pregnancies that come from rape.

— Matthew Glowicki

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