Obama +3 in Michigan — EPIC-MRA

Here is the latest from the respected pollsters EPIC-MRA in Michigan:

A new Michigan poll shows Mitt Romney apparently closing the gap on President Barack Obama in the state. Lansing-based EPIC-MRA did an automated survey of 1,200 likely voters on Tuesday and found Obama leading Romney 49%-46% when respondents were asked who they’d vote for if they had to make a decision right then. Five percent were undecided. The poll – which has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points – was taken before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, meaning respondents had not heard Romney’s wife, Ann, finish her speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa or hear running mate Paul Ryan’s speech on Wednesday.

Romney will speak tonight and could – if past results are any indication – expect a bit of a bounce in his poll results following the convention. In its last poll, done for the Free Press and other media outlets in July, EPIC-MRA showed Obama leading Romney in the state 48%-42%. “It gives us an idea where things are before Romney makes his speech. We were at six points, now it’s three. It’s tightening up,” said EPIC-MRA pollster Bernie Porn. “It could be even after Romney’s speech tonight.” The Free Press did not commission Thursday’s poll but it was provided to the Free Press and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). The poll showed the key bloc of independent voters swinging toward Romney by a wide margin, 51%-38% with 11% undecided. Romney held a 48%-47% lead among men while women voters preferred Obama by a 51%-44% margin.

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