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November 2, 2012 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
TAMPA, Fla. - Even as the lion's share of attention in the presidential campaign goes to the battleground of Ohio and the storm-battered states of the Mid-Atlantic, the outcome to the south, in the nation's largest swing state, now seems very much in doubt. Mitt Romney moved into a lead here after the first presidential debate, and since then, aides have insisted that Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, sat solidly in their column. But with several polls showing President Obama's fortunes improving here and Democrats performing well in early voting - as of Thursday morning, they led by about 59,000 out of more than 3 million absentee and in-person early votes - Romney has had to devote precious hours to defending his position in the state.
October 25, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Once riding high, Proposition 37, the statewide ballot measure to label genetically engineered foods, has seen its voter support plummet during the last month, and a new poll shows the high-stakes battle now is a dead heat. After a barrage of negative television advertisements financed by a $41-million opposition war chest, a USC Dornsife / Los Angeles Times poll released Thursday showed 44% of surveyed voters backing the initiative and 42% opposing it. A substantial slice of the electorate, 14%, remains undecided or unwilling to take a position.
October 17, 2012 | By Bob Secter, Chicago Tribune
President Obama's once commanding lead in Wisconsin had evaporated before Tuesday night's second presidential debate, and a once-Democratic tilting U.S. Senate contest had become a dead heat, according to a new poll. A Marquette University Law school survey released Wednesday showed a virtual tie between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, with the president up by 49% to 48% among likely voters, well within the poll's 3.4 percentage point margin of error.   The race, poll director Charles Franklin said, was “just as close as it could possibly be at this point.” Just two weeks ago, a Marquette poll gave Obama a 53% to 42% edge over Romney in Wisconsin, which has 10 electoral votes and had once been all but ceded to the Democrats, but that margin largely vanished after Romney's commanding performance in the first presidential debate two weeks ago. DEBATE QUIZ: Who said it?
October 11, 2012 | By James Rainey
When John F. Kerry clearly won his first debate against President George W. Bush in 2004, the Democrat felt his campaign finally lift off the ground. A bunch of polls showed him surging. “Most concerning” to President Bush, said one wire story at the time, was a Gallup poll that showed Democrat Kerry had moved into a dead heat with the Republican incumbent. President Bush would remain locked in a virtual dead heat with the challenger for the rest of the race, but push ahead enough, in the end, to win a second term.
August 25, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Brock Myers hit a tiebreaking double, and Goodlettsville, Tenn., gave up a 10-run lead in the bottom of the sixth before scoring nine in the seventh in a 24-16 victory Saturday over Petaluma, Calif., for a berth in the Little League World Series title game in South Williamsport, Pa. Only California's 10-run comeback to send the game into extra innings tied at 15 could overshadow Tennessee slugger Lorenzo Butler's extraordinary day at the plate....
July 19, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- A pair of fresh polls is showing familiar results: The presidential race is essentially a dead heat. A New York Times/CBS poll released Thursday shows Mitt Romney's support at 47% of registered voters, with President Obama at 46%. A Fox News poll Obama at 45% and Romney at 41%. Both results are within the polls' margins of error and show very little movement from surveys taken earlier in the summer. As noted before on this blog , one of the most consistent things about the presidential showdown is its consistency.
June 24, 2012 | By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
EUGENE, Ore. - USA Track and Field officials were meeting late Saturday to determine how to break a dead heat between Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix for third place in the women's 100 meters at the Olympic track and field trials, with a berth on the London Olympic team at stake. Tarmoh was initially awarded third ahead of Felix, though the two Los Angeles-based training partners were timed in 11.068 seconds. Timers notified referees of a possible dead heat, leading to a review of the photo finish.
June 5, 2012 | By David Lauter and Bob Secter
As Wisconsin voting places were closing, exit polls showed the recall race in a dead heat between Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Tom Barrett. Turnout in the state had been extremely heavy all day, appearing to match the predictions of state officials that 60%-65% of voting-age adults would turn out. The state allows same-day voter registration - a practice that encourages high turnout.  Although polls officially close at 8 p.m. local time (6 p.m. Pacific), Wisconsin allows voters in line by poll-closing time to vote.
May 24, 2012 | By Morgan Little
In spite of the attention paid to the controversy over Elizabeth Warren's purported Native American heritage, the Democratic Senate hopeful has tightened the race against incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, according to new polling. The race is now well within the margin of error of the latest Suffolk University/7NEWS poll , with Brown holding a single point lead over Warren, 48% to 47%, with 5% of voters undecided. The numbers show a steady rise for Warren, who in February was 9 points behind Brown, 49% to 40%. “This leaves both campaigns no choice but to spend tens of millions of dollars in an all-out war to woo the 5% of voters who will decide this election,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said.
May 2, 2012 | By David Lauter
The hotly contested issue of whether to recall Wisconsin's Republican governor has the state's voters evenly divided, according to a newly released poll. Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, his most likely Democratic opponent, were virtually tied, with Barrett leading 47%-46% among all registered voters and Walker ahead 48%-47% among those most likely to vote, according to the poll by Marquette University Law School. Barrett holds a strong and growing lead over three other Democrats a week before the party's May 8 primary, the poll showed.
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