2012 election: Polls show Obama, Romney in tight race

The stakes are high for Tuesday’s second presidential debate. And new poll numbers show just how close this race remains between President Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney.

As both candidates remain holed up in debate prep, a new CNN Poll of Polls shows the candidates in a dead heat, with each man at 47% from likely voters nationwide. In Virginia, CNN’s Poll of Polls shows President Obama at 48% and Romney at 47%.

Meanwhile, Paul Ryan was in the swing state of Ohio Monday to get voters fired up about voting early, freeing up their time to get even more people to the polls.

“You can help make the phone calls, you can help give people rides,” said Ryan. “This election is so important you're going to have to even talk to your relatives to get them out."

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama say they both plan to vote early. The first lady says on Twitter that she dropped her absentee ballot in the mail, telling her followers: "I couldn't wait for Election Day." The president replied in a tweet that he intends to vote early in person in his home state of Illinois on Oct. 25 - three days after the final presidential debate.

According to a new Politico and George Washington University Battleground Poll, President Obama has a slim one point lead over Romney nationally. The poll also shows Romney with a two point lead in the ten most competitive swing states, 50% to 48%, including Virginia.

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