TODAY   |  November 03, 2012

Obama and Romney, three days to go

Obama has a six-point lead in Ohio polls, but Romney leads or is close in many crucial swing states. “Romney and his team are confident they’re going to win this thing,” said NBC’s Peter Alexander. NBC’s Kristen Welker also reports.

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>>> now to the race for the white house with election day just three days away, president obama and governor romney are making their final arguments to voters this weekend. we have correspondents following both campaigns and want to begin with kristin welker in minter, ohio . kristin , good morning.

>> reporter: good morning to you, lester. it is really no surprise that president obama is kicking off the weekend here in ohio . this state is really key to his midwest firewall. if mitt romney doesn't win ohio , it is very unlikely that he will hold on to the presidency. according to our latest nbc news " wall street journal " marist poll, president obama has an honest lead here in ohio . let's take a look at the latest numbers. according to our poll, president obama has a six-point lead in the buckeye state , which is unchanged from last month. he's gotten high marks after hurricane sandy with seven in ten voters approving of his handling of the storm and he has a slight edge when it comes to handling the economy. 48% say mr. obama would do a better job compared to 46% who side with romney . on friday, mr. obama made a three-stop blitz here in ohio , staking his closing argument on the auto bailout, which is widely popular here. and which republicans oppose. he also slammed romney for claiming that jeep is shipping jobs to china. it's a claim the romney campaign defends that has been widely discredited. take a listen to what president obama had to say.

>> the car companies themselves have told governor romney to knock it off. gm said we think creating jobs in the united states should be a source of bipartisan pride. and i couldn't agree more.

>> reporter: now early voting has begun here in ohio with 35% saying they've already voted early or plan to do so. obama is leading among those voters 62-36%, but romney is up among election day voters 52-42%. the fact that president obama has a number of planned visits here in ohio before election day suggests that the obama campaign is not satisfied that they have locked down this state. as for the president's state of mind , david axelrod said the president is exhilarated and that his stump speech is "coming from his loins." lester, back to you, and i want erica to the nbc family.

>> kristin , thank you. it's great to be here.