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Romney tied in pivotal state of Ohio

by | Oct 24, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Mitt Romney

It’s hardly a secret that the state of Ohio is pivotal to the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Pro-Life Mitt Romney has trailed pro-abortion President Barack Obama for months in the Buckeye State.

But today’s Rasmussen Report has the two tied at 48%. Earlier this week a poll from Suffolk University found Romney and Obama tied at 47% while SurveyUSA finds Obama up three points, 47% to 44%.

Nationally, Rasmussen finds a four point advantage for Romney (50% to 46%) while Gallup’s survey reports a three-point advantage for Romney (50% to 47%).

Yesterday, the Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll finally conducted a poll in which Mr. Romney lead, albeit by only one point, 49% to 48%. “But there are fledgling signs of a fresh advantage for the challenger,” writes the Post’s Jon Cohen. “Asked whom they trust on the economy, 50 percent of likely voters say Romney while 45 percent side with the president. That’s the first time this fall that either candidate has had even an apparent edge on the clear No. 1 issue on voters’ minds. Political independents break for Romney by a 12-percentage-point margin on the subject, a high for the campaign.”

It would be difficult to exaggerate the important of those two results: a sizable lead for Romney among Independents with less than two weeks to go and an advantage on the economy.

Though not “numbers,” the lead paragraphs in a story in POLITICO gives you sense of how a sympathetic newspaper is handling Obama’s response to the turnaround sparked by the first presidential debate. Glenn Thrush writes

Everything was going great for Barack Obama until about 9:04 on the night of Oct. 3, when Mitt Romney startled everybody by refusing to live up to his caricature as The Worst Candidate Ever.

Romney’s late-game comeback — an unexpected assertion of presidential competence in front of 67 million viewers — robbed Obama of his momentum and forced the president’s team to make a subtle yet significant change to their closing argument in the critical last two weeks of the 2012 campaign.

That “subtle yet significant change” was to patch together a slap-dash “bullet point plan” for a second term, which is fooling no one.

The other component is the rally Romney/Ryan held in Red Rocks, Colorado, another “swing state.” As Ed Morrissey wrote, it’s not unusual for big crowds to assemble at the end of a long campaign, “But will they climb hills and mountains and trek out to the middle of nowhere to do it?  The Denver Post put together this visually stunning video of Mitt Romney’s event at Red Rocks, which also shows the difficulties that attendees had in getting to the rally at all.”

You can see this at It’s impossible to miss the dedication of the attendees or the beauty of the setting.

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