Romney, Obama locked in tie in new poll

By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY: Mitt Romney and President Obama are deadlocked in a battle for the White House, as a new poll today follows a trend in national surveys this week showing the likely GOP nominee gaining ground.

Obama and Romney each have 46% support among registered voters in the CBS/New York Times survey, released this morning. Last month, the president had a 3-point lead over Romney, when he was still battling Rick Santorum.

The latest poll comes on the heels of a Pew Research Center survey, which showed Obama’s lead narrowing to 4 percentage points, and one by Gallup that showed Romney slightly ahead.

It’s only been a week since Rick Santorum ended his campaign for the GOP nomination, giving Romney a clear shot at becoming the party’s standard-bearer against Obama. Today, Romney will continue his effort to frame the general election when he offers a “prebuttal” to Obama’s nomination acceptance speech in Charlotte.

Polls are a snapshot in time and the general election is about seven months away. But the three surveys released so far this week help show how tight the race is likely to be.

The CBS/NYT poll of 852 registered voters was taken April 13 through Tuesday. It has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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