A new poll conducted by CBS News and The New York times has found GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama to be in a near statistic dead heat.
When asked who they would vote for during the election 46 percent of registered voters chose each candidate however President Obama has a slight overall advantage of 47 percent to 44 percent. Throw in a margin of error and it looks like we could have a close race on our hands, at least early in the process.
The poll was conducted last Friday after Senator Rick Santorum suspended his campaign, making Mitt Romney the presumptive nominee for President.
After Santorum dropped out of the race GOP voters were quickly to rally behind Romney with 54 percent saying they wanted him to lead the Republican party against President Obama, a significant jump from 30% of voters who felt the same in March.
In the meantime 20 percent of GOP voters would still prefer Newt Gingrich while 12 percent would like to see Ron Paul run as the GOP presidential nominee.
While Mitt Romney’s voting numbers are showing a positive trend only 33 percent of voters said they “enthusiastically” supported Romney compared to 40 percent of primary voters who still had concerns.
Of the “concerned” voter numbers half were white evangelicals and supporters of the tea party movement.
More details from the CBS/New York Times poll will be revealed tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS Evening News.
In the meantime let us know how you feel about Mitt Romney running as the GOP presidential nominee against President Obama.