U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets audience members at a campaign stop at Jet Machine in Cincinnati, Ohio October 25, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)
The presidential election is proving to be tighter at this point of the campaign compared to the 2008 election.
According to the latest ABC News and Washington Post poll, candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are tied based on a poll conducted between Oct. 25 and Oct. 28.
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The poll sampled 1,765 adults and among them were 1,269 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.5 percent. Obama and Romney each received 49 percent of the vote.
The poll should bring mixed results for the candidates' campaign.
For the Romney campaign, the poll is bad news. Previous to the poll's start date of Oct. 25, the same ABC News and Washington Post survey featured Romney leading with 50 percent to Obama's 47 percent, but since then saw the former Massachusetts Governor's numbers slowly decrease.
Starting on Oct 25, Romney polled with 49 percent to Obama's 48 percent and those numbers have remained that way until polling on the final day of Oct. 28 which featured Obama gaining a point and tying to 49 percent with Romney.
The slight good news for Obama stops there as the same poll presented 49 percent of those surveyed stating Romney is more trustworthy in handling the economy compared to Obama's 47 percent. However, 50 percent believe Obama understands the economic problems than Romney who received 44 percent.
Of the 1,765 adults surveyed, 35 percent considered themselves as a Democrat, 28 for Republican, and 34 percent as Independent.
According to Real Clear Politics (RCP), which averaged multiple polling figures including the ABC News and Washington Post poll, show Romney leading the election by 0.8 percent. RCP averaged Obama trailing Romney with 46.8 percent to 47.6 percent.
Despite the average leaning in Romney's favor, RCP projects Obama will win the election with 290 Electoral College votes to Romney's 248. Obama's projected numbers are down compared to the 2008 election when Obama won with 365 votes to John McCain's 173 votes.