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Romney beginning to move up in various states, including New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin

by | Oct 16, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Mitt Romney

It was almost inevitable that given the strong surge coming out of the first presidential debate, pro-life Mitt Romney would pick up steam in states where he was narrowly behind and even in states where he lagged well behind.

On the day of the second presidential debate, Mr. Romney has pulled even with pro-abortion President Barack Obama in New Hampshire. This borders on the remarkable for as recently as October 1 he was behind by 15 points in a poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. If the 6% who are undecided or plan to vote for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson ”were included in the poll, Romney would lead Obama, 50% to 48%,” according to the Boston Globe.

In Pennsylvania, considered a long shot for most of the campaign, Mr. Romney has wiped out two-thirds of the margin he was behind September 26. At that point in time he trailed by eight–54% to 42–in a Quinnipiac University poll. Now he trails by only four points–50% to 46%–among likely voters.

“Gov. Mitt Romney is coming on strong in the Keystone State, especially among white Catholics,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Another poll conducted October 10-14 had Mr. Romney down four as well.

The Washington Post ran an interesting piece today on Wisconsin, headlined, “Wisconsin, the land of persuadable voters”  “Obama’s lead in the polls appears razor thin, if it exists at all,” writes Joel Achenbach.

Part of what makes the article so intriguing is that when it comes to voting, in 2008 Wisconsinites were second only to Minnesotans in casting a presidential ballot. This state takes its civic duty seriously.

Part of the appeal is that over the years the state has experienced wide swings with Republicans currently in the ascendency. There have been tremendously contentious fights in the last couple of years.

And Achenbach writes thoughtfully about those who voted for President Bush in 2004 and President Obama in 2008—both why they did and why they may (or may not) revert back to vote Republican again in 21 days.

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