Ohio and Florida the key to US election victory

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama at the final presidential debate in Florida. Photo: REUTERS/Michael Reynolds

Why does it always come down to Florida and Ohio? Just look at these latest polls, a day ahead of voting. Note that of the four Florida polls, two show Romney ahead, two indicate Obama edging it. That's how close it could be.

But you can only agree with the President's strategists when they say that with just hours to go Obama's position is looking stronger than Romney's.

So here are the latest polls from the battleground states:

  • Florida: Romney 52%, Obama 47% (InsiderAdvantage)
  • Florida: Obama 50%, Romney 49% (Public Policy Polling)
  • Florida: Romney 50%, Obama 48% (Pulse Opinion Research)
  • Florida: Obama 50%, Romney 45% (Zogby)
  • New Hampshire: Obama 51%, Romney 48% (WMUR)
  • North Carolina: Obama 49%, Romney 49% (Public Policy Polling)
  • Ohio: Obama 48%, Romney 46% (Pulse Opinion Research)
  • Ohio: Obama 50%, Romney 44% (Zogby)
  • Pennsylvania: Obama 49%, Romney 46% (Pulse Opinion Research)
  • Virginia: Obama 48%, Romney 47% (NBC/WSJ/Marist)
  • Virginia: Obama 49%, Romney 48% (Pulse Opinion Research)
  • Virginia: Romney 50%, Obama 48% (Rasmussen)
  • Virginia: Obama 52%, Romney 44% (Zogby)
  • Wisconsin: Obama 49%, Romney 48% (Pulse Opinion Research)