(Newsroom America) -- A new poll from The Associated Press has found that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has erased the so-called gender gap among women voters, an advantage once held by President Barack Obama.
The new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Obama's 16-point gender gap with women has evaporated, as Romney has taken the lead overall among likely voters, 47-45 percent. The results, however, are within the poll's margin of error, making the contest a virtual dead heat based on numbers alone.
"After a commanding first debate performance and a generally good month, Romney has gained ground with Americans on a number of important fronts, including their confidence in how he would handle the economy and their impressions of his ability to understand their problems," AP reported.
Meanwhile, expectations that the president will win a second term have fallen: Only half of voters say they expect Obama to be reelected, down from 55 percent last month.
AP said the most important battleground states, which hold the balance in the election, still appear to favor Obama, but Romney, according to other surveys, has either closed with Obama or has surpassed him in some key states.
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