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October 22, 2012


Race Deadlocked as Romney Gains on Foreign Affairs

President Obama and Mitt Romney head into the final debate still deadlocked among likely voters nationally: 49% side with the Democratic president, 48% with the Republican challenger, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Key finding: "International affairs generally, and handling terrorism specifically, were once Obama strong points against the former Massachusetts governor, but voters now divide about evenly between the two. At the end of September, Obama held an 11 percentage point lead over Romney as the one voters trusted on terrorism -- and killing Osama bin Laden is a mainstay on the Obama campaign trail. But now, 47% side with Obama on the issue, 46% with Romney."

However, a new CBS News poll shows Obama leading Romney on foreign policy by a nine-point margin, 50% to 41%.












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