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Exclusive poll results show presidential race tightening in Michigan

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(10/08/12) - Four weeks from Tuesday, millions of voters will head to the polls. Monday night, new numbers show the race for president is tightening up in Michigan.

Our exclusive ABC12 EPIC MRA poll asked voters who they would support if the election was held today.

Forty-eight percent said President Obama, while 45 percent said Mitt Romney. That's within the polls 4 percent margin of error.

It's a significant shift from a month ago when President Obama held a 10 point lead in our state.

These exclusive poll results come on the heels of last week's presidential debate.

We talked to some Mid-Michigan voters - they think the debate played a big part in these new polling numbers.

This poll was taken right after the debate, Oct. 4-6.

Many think Mitt Romney did better in this last debate, and that might be why the race is heating up.

"It certainly has tightened up an awful lot and frankly, in light of the results of last week's debate, I'm not surprised, in fact, if there's any surprises at all I'm surprised it's not any tighter than those numbers seem to show," said political analyst Paul Rozycki.

Rozycki says that's because Romney did a good job in the first presidential debate. Our polls showed President Obama taking the lead last month, but it's very close now.

"There's a number of things he could've challenged or corrected Mr. Romney, but he did not go for the knock out punch," said Pastor Lewis Randolph of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

Monday night, the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church held a voting teach in to educate voters about the issues.

Some Mid-Michigan voters say they think upcoming debates could swing future poll numbers.

"The president kind of slipped a little, but I think he had his reason why he did it so I understand it better, I think the next debate will be a lot different," said Gerrie Peterson.

"I think the president probably has to address some of the things that were said versus not saying anything at all and I think he'll do that in the next debate," said Kimberly Thames.

Rozycki thinks regardless of upcoming debates, it's going to be a tight race this November.

"The real key is going to be turn out, the real catch is will Obama be able to excite his base it looks like he's done it for the moment and secondly, can Obama turn out the same group of folks he turned out four years ago," he said.

The next time we'll see the candidates speak is this Thursday with the vice presidential debate.

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