AND THE BOUNCE GOES ON – AT 10:10 A.M. ET: No sign of a letup in the gains that Mitt Romney is making. From Rasmussen:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 48% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 47%. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
Eight percent (8%) of Republicans and unaffiliated voters currently are undecided or plan to vote for some other candidate. Only two percent (2%) of Democrats are uncommitted to one of the major party candidates.
Still a very tight race, but at least Romney is now leading.
For the second straight day, Romney is slightly ahead in the 11 key swing states. This is a significant change. For virtually the entire campaign, Obama has done better in the swing states than in the national averages. It remains to be seen whether this is a lasting change in the race or merely a temporary aberration.
Post-debate polling shows that Romney and the president are within two points of each other in Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Iowa and Colorado. All remain Toss-Ups in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections. In the Senate Balance of Power projections, Democrats have the edge 49-45 with six states as toss-ups.
COMMENT: We still observe the phenomenon that Obama, in poll after poll, cannot reach 50%. This is generally seen as a serious warning to any incumbent president.
The race is so close, though, that a blunder by either candidate can change the result. The vice-presidential debate is tomorrow night, the next presidential debate next week. There's still plenty of action ahead.
October 10, 2012