U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the Hurricane Sandy situation from the press briefing room of the White House in Washington, October 29, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)
Eighteen Electoral College votes are what President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are vying for from the swing state Ohio.
Polling data from Ohio has been consistent for Obama and could see the state vote for the democratic candidate again as it did in 2008.
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The numbers for Obama, however, are not too different from the 2008 election when he ran against Arizona Senator John McCain.
The latest Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll conducted from Oct. 26 to Oct. 28, 2012, shows the president with a four percentage point advantage against Romney, receiving 51 percent to the former governor's 47 percent.
Back in 2008, the last PPP poll was conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2008, also showed the president in the lead but by a small percentage spread. Obama led McCain with 50 percent to 48 percent.
The margin of error, however, is different from the two elections. The 2008 PPP poll had an error rate of 2.8 percent among the 1,208 likely voters while the new 2012 poll surveyed 718 likely voters with an error rate of 3.7 percent.
The last SurveyUSA poll also features Obama leading in both 2008 and 2012 elections. SurveyUSA's latest 2012 poll has Obama leading by three percent. The president received 48 percent to Romney's 45 percent among the 603 likely voters surveyed.
Back in 2008, SurveyUSA showed the president leading by only two percent among the 660 likely voters surveyed. Obama maintained at 48 percent but the Republican candidate was up one with 46 percent.
The margin of error is slightly different with 4.1 percent in 2012 to 3.9 percent for the last SurveyUSA poll in 2008.
President Obama's numbers leading up to Election Day 2012 appears to be better compared to 2008, but that changes with the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio Poll.
In 2008, the University of Cincinnati and Ohio Poll featured Obama leading by six percent based on the 1,221 likely voters surveyed. Then, Obama received 52 percent to McCain's 46 percent with a margin of error of 2.7 percent.
Now in 2012, the same polling organization shows Obama leading by two percent, down four percentage points compared to 2008. Obama received 48 percent to Romney's 46 percent with a margin of error of 2.9 percent from the 1,182 likely voters surveyed.
The final Ohio result was 51.5 percent for Obama to McCain's 46.9 percent.
Obama is currently projected to win Ohio.