CHARLOTTE -- As we head into Monday's third and final debate, many polls are reporting the two presidential candidates are neck and neck nationally and that Republican nominee Mitt Romney has taken the lead in the Tar Heel State.
According to Public Policy Polling, President Barack Obama had a slight lead in the polls on Friday, Romney jumped ahead Saturday, and as of Sunday, the candidates were dead even at 48 percent as they head into Monday's debate.
As far as demographics go, PPP reports that Obama is favored by women, Hispanics, African-Americans and young voters, while Romney is up with men, whites, seniors, as well as independents.
Here in North Carolina, the most recent polls show Romney edging ahead.
While the running is tied nationally, North Carolina is one of a handful of critical swing states, where, according to PPP, the two candidates are within two points of each other in the polls.
Last week, PPP reported Romney at 49 percent and Obama at 47 percent.
But just yesterday, Rasmussen reports showed Romney had gained even more of a lead in their polls, up to six points, following last week's debate.
Their latest phone survey shows 52 percent of North Carolinians supporting Romney with 46 percent supporting Obama.
However, that same report showed that North Carolina voters think Obama is more likely to win the election, with a 52 percent to 39 percent margin.