Polls: Obama up in Iowa, Mich.; close race in N.H. and Wis.

New swing state polls out Thursday find President Obama leading in Iowa and Michigan but locked in a tight race with Mitt Romney in New Hampshire and Wisconsin. 

The polls comes as Republicans start to invest in Michigan, arguing that along with Pennsylvania and Minnesota, the Wolverine State could turn red. Meanwhile, Obama is campaigning in Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin in the final days, making clear where his priorities lie. 

An NBC/Marist/WSJ poll of likely voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and Wisconsin finds  Obama up six points in Iowa (down from an eight-point lead earlier this month). In Wisconsin, Obama edges out Romney 49 to 46 percent, within the poll's margin of error. Earlier this month, the president led by six in the same survey. In New Hampshire, Obama is at 49 percent and Romney at 47 percent; in September the president led by seven points.

“To be at 49 or 50 is a good number this close to Election Day,” Marist pollster Lee Miringoff told NBC of Obama's numbers. “But he doesn’t have to look far over his shoulder to see that half of the electorate isn’t with him and Romney is close.”

There's better news for Obama in a Detroit Free Press poll showing the president up six points, 48 to 42 percent — up from a three-point lead just after the first presidential debate.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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