Obama slightly ahead of Romney in polls day before Election Day - FOX 32 News Chicago

Obama slightly ahead of Romney in polls day before Election Day

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President Obama and Mitt Romney are making the most of this final day on the campaign trail. Both are rallying voters as they make a number of stops across crucial battleground states.

SEE: Obama, Romney focus on key states for final campaign lap

But the big question one day before the election is, who's ahead in the polls?

RealClearPolitics.com said the average from all of the major polls shows President Obama with a small lead – only about half a percentage point.

The president spoke in Madison, Wisconsin just before noon. Bruce Springsteen performed at the same event. Mr. Obama will head to Iowa, then Ohio and finally arrive in Chicago overnight to prepare for his Election Night rally at McCormick Place.

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Florida was the first stop for Mitt Romney on Monday, campaigning in Sanford, Fla. and around Orlando. The former Massachusetts governor will also visit Ohio, Virginia and New Hampshire.

Their running mates will also be making the rounds. Vice President Joe Biden has two stops planned in Virginia. Republican Paul Ryan will visit Nevada, Colorado, Iowa and Ohio.

There is some talk that the president's home state of Illinois could be in play.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter made that claim Monday. She's been tweeting that a possible decline in pre-election voting in Chicago might portend trouble for President Obama.

The problem with that argument is, about 35,000 vote-by-mail ballots are still out - and if just half of them are returned in time, pre-election voting could surpass 2008.

Claims like these underscore the reality of the campaign's final hours. Illinois volunteers are being deployed to swing state Wisconsin, focused on getting out their base supporters rather than on the shrinking ranks of the undecided.

History says many of them won't vote anyway, if they're so uninvolved as to be undecided at this point. Republicans insist their voters are much more motivated to turn out, and that's why they say Romney will win the White House.

It's worth asking whether the Obama for America forces would be sending Illinois volunteers north to Wisconsin and west to swing state Iowa if they feared the president might lose his home state. A poll last week by We Ask America found he had a 16 percentage point lead in Illinois over Mitt Romney.

Victory Research, led by a veteran Republican activist, did another survey on Monday. Rod McCullough surveyed 1,200 likely Illinois voters for radio station AM 1530 WCKG, The Voice of Dupage County.

WCKG's 2012 Illinois Election Poll found the president with 54.3%; Mitt Romney 40.1%; Libertarian Gary Johnson 1.7%; the Green Party's Jill Stein 1.3%. The undecided have shrunken to 2.6%.

Those numbers are way down from President Obama's showing here in 2008. But it sure doesn't look very promising for Gov. Romney.

There isn't a hint that anyone involved with his campaign is counting in any way on eking out a surprise win here tomorrow night. If he did, Romney would likely be winning virtually every other state in the union.

But that won't stop the fun for political provocateurs including Ann Coulter to send out tweets that Illinois is in play.

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