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U.S. Presidential Race Remains Effectively Tied

Reuters/Ipsos daily poll gives Obama 47% support and Republican rival Romney 46% of voters’ support.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/2/2012, 3:45 AM

Obama and Romney
Obama and Romney
AFP/Stan Honda

The U.S. presidential race remained effectively tied on Thursday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll.

The poll found that President Barack Obama is being backed by 47% of likely voters and Republican rival Mitt Romney is receiving 46% of voters’ support.

Obama has remained at 47% and Romney at 46% support in the online Reuters/Ipsos poll for three days running.

The poll also found that only 11% of Romney’s supporters said they might change their mind, and just 8% of Obama’s backers indicated the same.

Meanwhile, Obama sprinted back onto on the campaign trail on Thursday after halting it for several days due to Hurricane Sandy.

With just five days left before the presidential election, Obama launched an ambitious swing through four vital battleground states a day after touring New Jersey's coastline.

Addressing a crowd in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Obama said, according to AFP, "As long as there's a single American who wants a job but can't find one, our work isn't done. As long as there are families who are working harder but falling behind, our work isn't done."

"Our fight goes on because America has always done its best when everybody gets a fair shot. And everybody is doing their fair share. And everybody is playing by the same rules. That's what we believe," he added.

Romney, meanwhile, returned to full campaign mode on Thursday, making three stops in battleground Virginia.

"I know the Obama folks are chanting 'four more years, four more years'," Romney told supporters in Virginia. "But our chant is this: 'Five more days!'"

He ridiculed Obama for what he dubbed "small measures" -- including the president's announcement this week that he wants to create a "secretary of business" -- that Romney said will do nothing to turn the economy around.

"We don't need a secretary of business to understand business; we need a president who understands business, and I do," he said.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the death toll from Hurricane Sandy rose to 74 in the United States alone, with more than half of the victims from New York and New Jersey. The overall death toll from the storm stood at 124, with at least one in Canada, and 67 in the Caribbean.

New York was slowly making its way back to normal life in the wake of the storm on Thursday.