1-in-4 uncommitted now in White House race

One-quarter of the nation

This photo combo shows President Barack Obama in Chapel Hill, N.C. on April 24, 2012, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on April 18, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. Obama and his likely GOP opponent, Romney, agree on an issue of importance to college students: Keeping the interest rate low on a popular federally subsidized student loan issued to low-and middle-income students. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One-quarter of the nation's registered voters are uncommitted to a candidate in this year's presidential race.

The latest Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 27 percent have little, if any, preference for President Barack Obama or Republican hopeful Mitt Romney.

Call them the "persuadables" -- a group that's expected to have a big say in determining who wins the White House.

Both Obama and Romney are spending big money to woo them. It's a delicate task because these voters also hate pandering.

For now, the candidates are making their cases to the political middle on issues such as immigration and economic growth. They're also highlighting stories of people who have bounced back from economic setbacks.

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