1. DEAD HEAT

    Obama and Romney Tied in Poll

    Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney arrives to speak during his caucus night rally following republican caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 3, 2012. The first vote of the 2012 battle for the White House headed late Tuesday for a nail-biter finish as Iowans picked a Republican standard-bearer to take on President Barack Obama in November. With nearly nine in 10 of Iowa caucus ballots tallied, just a handful of votes separated frontrunner Mitt Romney and surging social conservative Rick Santorum, with veteran Representative Ron Paul hot on their heels. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    If President Obama and Mitt Romney were to face off in the presidential election today, the race would almost be too close to call. According to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll of U.S. voters, each contestant claims 42 percent of the vote. Half of the remaining 16 percent of voters would prefer someone else, while the other half is undecided. The tie actually marks a dip for Romney, who held a 45 to 39 percent lead over the president just last week—the largest lead over Obama held by a Republican challenger so far. Almost all weekly surveys since May have found a generic GOP candidate leading over Obama, but so far Romney has been the only Republican candidate to garner more support than the president in more than one survey.

    Read it at Rasmussen Poll