October 30, 2012 The latest NPR Battleground Poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding the narrowest of leads in the national sample, but trailing President Obama in the dozen states that will decide the election. The poll adds evidence that the Oct. 3 debate between the two men redefined the race.
October 26, 2012 Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on TV advertising in the presidential race — most of it negative and almost all in battleground states. There's little evidence the ads sway voters, but the campaigns are happy to settle for low odds, given the lingering memories of the close 2000 election.
October 19, 2012 Third-party candidates could end up affecting the outcome of the presidential race, as Ralph Nader did in Florida in 2000. Libertarian Gary Johnson could siphon votes away from both candidates in several battleground states, and the Constitution Party's Virgil Goode could make a difference in Virginia.
October 3, 2012 The latest poll by NPR and its bipartisan polling team shows President Obama with a 7-point lead among likely voters nationally and a 6-point lead in the dozen battleground states where both campaigns are spending most of their time and money. But battleground voters were also more downbeat about the direction of the country.