A new series of polls in swing states show Democrat Barack Obama leading or within striking distance in three recently Republican states that could give him the White House.
In Indiana, Obama is tied with Republican John McCain among registered voters at 48 percent, though McCain leads 51 percent to 46 percent among likely voters, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released this morning.
In North Carolina, Obama leads 50 percent to 49 percent among registered voters, and is tied with McCain at 49 percent among likely voters.
And in Ohio, where victories in both 2000 and 2004 were key to President Bush's election, Obama leads 50 percent to 46 percent among registered voters and 50 percent to 47 percent among likely voters.
Obama also leads in New Hampshire -- 52 percent-44 percent among registered voters -- and in Wisconsin -- 51 percent-45 percent among registered voters.
The surveys were conducted Friday through Monday and have margins of error between 3 and 3.5 percentage points.
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