Obama maintains slight lead
Obama maintains slight leadAFP/Jewel Samad

U.S. President Barack Obama was two percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the tight race for White House, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Monday, just one day before Election Day.

Of 4,725 likely voters polled nationally, 48 percent said they supported Obama and 46 percent said they backed Romney, according to the poll.

Most polls over the past few days have shown that the two candidates are in a virtual tie, though they have given Obama an edge in the all-important electoral college vote. The gap is far from being enough for a sure victory, however.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Sunday found that 49% of likely voters questioned say they support Obama, with an equal amount saying they back Romney.

The poll was the fourth national non-partisan, live operator survey released Sunday to indicate the battle for the presidency either a dead heat or virtually tied.

Meanwhile, both Obama and Romney confidently predicted victory Monday, as they rallied supporters in the dying hours of the bitter White House race.

AFP reported that the two charged through the swing states that will dictate their fates, taking final shots at one another hours before polls open.

"This is a campaign about America and about the future that we will leave to our children and their children," Romney told raucous supporters in the battleground state of Virginia, according to the report.

"We thank you and ask you to stay with it all the way until we win tomorrow night," Romney said, sparking wild cheers.

Obama, barnstorming with rock legend Bruce Springsteen and rapper Jay-Z, delivered a similar message in the liberal college town of Madison, Wisconsin, pleading with supporters to stick with him in a final push to the finish.

"If you're willing to work with me again, and knock on some doors with me, make some phone calls for me, turn out for me, we'll win Wisconsin. We'll win this election. We'll finish what we started," he said.

Polls released on Saturday showed that Barack and Romney are neck and neck in four swing states that are likely to determine the winner of the election.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that in Ohio, Obama has a very slight lead over Romney with 46% compared to 45% support among likely voters. In Florida they are tied at 47%.

In Virginia, Obama leads Romney 48% to 45% and in Colorado, Romney leads Obama 47% to 45%, the poll found.