Presidential Race Shaping into Two-Man Face Off

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A new poll out today shows the presidential race looking like a two-man face off, with President Obama enjoying the lead for now.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may have an advantage over Obama on handling the economy and the deficit, but Obama is on the winning side of a big gender gap.

New polls suggests that if the election were held today, President Obama would be reelected.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll out today shows the president leading Romney, his likely GOP opponent, by seven points. Last month they were in a dead heat.

The president's biggest advantage is women, who prefer him by a margin of 57 to 38 over Romney -- a nearly 20-point lead. And Democrats are happy to exploit the giant gender gap .

"Women are not an interest group. Women are over half this country and its workforce, not to mention 80 percent of my household, if you count my mother-in-law, and I always count my mother-in-law," Obama told a group of supporters.

Republicans realize the gender gap is a potential problem. The Romney campaign released a video this week featuring the candidate's wife, Ann -- an effort to reach out to women.

"I hate to say it, but often I had more than five sons. I had six sons. And he would be as mischievous and as naughty as the other boys," Ann Romney says in the ad about her husband.

Among men, the poll shows the president trailing Romney by eight points. But it also says overall, voters just seem to "like" the president more.

In that category, friendliness and likeability, Obama leads Romney by a full 38 points.

But the numbers are likely to change when the Republican primary process stops and the GOP machine starts turning its guns on President Obama's record.

And there are some big targets: a floundering economy, high unemployment, and gas prices near or above $4 a gallon.

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Dale Hurd

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