Latest polls show Colorado still a true toss-up

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DENVER — Two new polls of Colorado likely voters released Thursday, just as both campaigns begin five days of candidate appearances here, show that the state remains a true toss-up with five days until Election Day.

A new CNN/ORG survey released Thursday afternoon shows President Barack Obama ahead of Republican Mitt Romney by a margin of 50-48 percent.

The survey shows a pronounced gender gap, with Romney winning men by 10 points and Obama winning women by 13.

The president also leads independent voters by a slim, 49-47 percent margin.

Also Thursday, a new survey of Colorado likely voters by Rasmussen Reports shows Romney with a 50-46 percent lead.

The survey also shows Romney leading Obama 50-49 among those who have already cast ballots.

As of Thursday, 1.1 million Coloradans had turned in ballots, with Republicans leading Democrats by just less than three percent overall.