Mitt Romney continues to surge in the polls after a strong performance in the first presidential debate last week. Romney now leads in three swing states; Ohio, North Carolina and Colorado. He is also tied with President Barack Obama in another important battleground state, and has taken the lead in some national polls as well.
In the week before the first debate, Obama was routinely winning polls in the Buckeye State. Since his defeat last week, Obama has lost two out of three. The latest poll by ARG shows Romney up 1 point, 48-47 percent. The poll surveyed 600 likely voters with a 4 percent margin of error. The polling sample was taken entirely after the first debate, showing the race there may have significantly shifted in Romney's favor.
A second ARG poll taken in Colorado also shows Romney ahead. In the survey of 600 likely voters, Romney led by 4 points, 50-46 percent. Obama had lost only one poll of Colorado in all of September. Since the debate, the president has lost two out of four.
A new Rasmussen poll of Nevada shows the race tied. The survey of 500 likely voters found Obama and Romney knotted at 47 percent each. The poll had a 4.5 percent margin of error. Prior to the debate, the president had led in every poll of Nevada except one.
Romney has expanded his lead in North Carolina. A new poll by Gravis Marketing has Romney up by 9 points over Obama, 50-41 percent. The poll surveyed 1,325 likely voters with a 2.9 percent margin of error. This is a five point increase over the last poll, conducted by Rasmussen the day before the first debate.
It's not all bad news for Obama, although a new poll out of Pennsylvania could have been better. Obama remains in the lead in Pennsylvania, but his large lead has vanished. A Siena poll found Obama up by 3 points over Romney, 43-40 percent. The poll of 545 likely voters had a 4.2 percent margin of error. The poll was conducted from Oct. 1-5, straddling the debate evenly. Obama had led in every poll of the state in September, sometimes by double digits. This new result indicates the state may be swinging back to a toss-up.
Two national tracking polls show the race continues to narrow nationally. The Gallup Seven Day Tracking Poll shows Obama's lead in the poll down to 3 points, 49-46 percent. The Rasmussen Three Day Tracking Poll has the candidates tied at 48 percent. Gallup released a separate report showing Romney ahead of Obama by 2 percent among likely voters, but Obama ahead 3 points with registered voters. The report indicates that get-out-the-vote operations are going to be key to the success of both campaigns.
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