To the victors go the spoils as GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney gets a bounce in the polls following the first Presidential debate.
Following the debate seen by a reported 68 million viewers was a clear victory by Romney over an “empty” podium Barack Obama, Romney has received a bounce in battleground states in the polls in Florida, Virginia and Ohio. In these all important 2012 swing states the polling trend has swung to Romney.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s widely-acknowledged victory in Wednesday’s presidential debate has helped him to draw even or slightly ahead in several key swing states, according to polls released Friday.
A poll by We Ask America found Mr. Romney leading President Obama by 3 percentage points in Florida and Virginia and by 1 point in Ohio, after polls have consistently shown the president leading over the past month. [Editors note: Previously in the same poll from 9/17 Obama was +3 over Romney. Their 9/18 poll has Obama up by 3%.]
The firm conducted a previous poll two weeks ago that showed Mr. Obama with 3-point leads in Florida and Virginia.
The Rasmussen polls also saw a swing in the polling data as well toward Romney following the Presidential debate. In Virginia, Romney now leads over Obama, 49% to 48%. Obama has lead by +1 in the previous poll. In Florida, Romney has a 49% to 47% lead over Obama. Last month, the race was Obama 48%, Romney 46%.
From Ohio, a key swing state in the 2012 election, comes a most interesting poll for Mitt Romney that Romney leads leads 51% to 48% among those certain to vote.
The first post-presidential debate poll in critical Ohio shows that Mitt Romney blunted President Obama’s momentum with his winning performance and is now leading the president among Ohioans who say that they are “certain” to vote.
Overall, the race is deadlocked with Obama over Romney 50 percent to 49 percent, according a new Rasmussen Reports poll taken Thursday night.
But among the stunning 92 percent of likely voters in the state who say that they are certain to go to the polls on Election Day, Romney leads 51 percent to 48 percent. And among the 83 percent who have already made up their minds how they will vote, Romney is ahead of Obama 52 percent to 48 percent.
UPDATE I: Even Nate Silver is saying that Romney is having strong swing state polls following the debates.