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Race tightens in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is the latest swing state to show a tightening race after Mitt Romney’s strong debate performance last week. The Republican presidential nominee trails President Obama by 6 points in the latest WMUR Granite State Poll, released on Tuesday, only a week after the same poll showed him down by 15.

The new poll was conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, partly before and partly after the Oct. 3 debate in Denver, suggesting the full impact of the debate might not yet be visible.

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In the survey of 559 likely voters, 47 percent said they plan to vote for Obama, and 41 percent said they back Romney. Including undecided voters who are leaning one way or the other, the gap is still 6 points in favor of Obama: 50 percent to 44 percent.

Romney made huge gains among women, who in the span of a week went from favoring the president by 27 points to preferring Obama by just 8 points.

The former Massachusetts governor also surged among independent voters, who now side with Obama by 6 points, after breaking his way by 18 points in last week’s poll.

The survey showed New Hampshire voters continue to become more certain about which candidates they will vote for, but 18 percent remain undecided or only leaning.

The poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and had margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.
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