Presidential Race Tightens in Battleground States after Debate
The presidential race in vital battleground states has become close after the debate last Wednesday. Rasmussen Reports released poll results in Virginia, Ohio, and Florida after the debate. All showed the two candidates even in the three states.
It was a different story a month ago when President Barack Obama was gaining more ground in the battleground states. Republican supporters hoped that Romney’s performance at the debate was enough to get more voters and gain momentum with more than just a month to go until the election.
The Rasmussen polls showed Romney ahead in Virginia and Florida by a slight margin. Out of 500 likely voters in Virginia, Romney got 49 percent compared to President Obama’s 48 percent. In Florida, Romney got 49 to 47 percent lead. In Ohio, President Obama got the lead, 50 to 49 percent.
The three surveys were made Thursday and had a 4.5 percentage point margin of error. The results were within the margin. These were the first polls made after the debate last Wednesday. Analysts said that Romney recharged his campaign with a good performance at the debate.
The Obama campaign said that they were going to make some adjustments to their strategy. There are still two presidential debates and a vice presidential debate this month. The Obama campaign said it would be more aggressive next time.
President Obama said that his rival Romney was being disingenuous on the debate stage. He described the Republican candidate as trying to reposition and got an extreme makeover during the debate. He added that Romney’s philosophy is the top-down economics that the nation has already seen before.
The president got some good news Friday when the September labor report showed the monthly jobless rate drop from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent. It was the first time it has fallen below the 8 percent mark in the past four years.