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Romney and Obama neck and neck in Ohio, swing states

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The 12 states considered "swing states" this presidential election have seen a barrage of attack ads and commercials in recent weeks, but remain split between President Obama and his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney.

In the 12 battleground states, the race is all but tied. Obama leads Romney 47%-45% among 1,200 registered voters in the poll June 22-29 — a tick closer than Obama's 48%-44% lead among 2,404 voters in the rest of the USA over the same period.

The swing states survey focuses on a dozen states that aren't firmly aligned with either Democrats or Republicans. That puts them in a position to tip the outcome in the Electoral College. The states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

In these twelve states, television viewers can't go long without seeing an attack ad from one of the two candidates and their supports. Thus far, the President has far outspent Romney in the ad war. Since advertising began for the general election, Romney and his allies have spent $85 million on TV spots, according to NBC/SMG Delta. Obama and his supporters have spent $110 million.

Despite the tens of millions of dollars being spent, however, neither candidate is pulling way. Yet.

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