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Political Mann: Mitt Romney enjoys momentum as race tightens

By Jonathan Mann, CNN
updated 8:43 AM EDT, Thu October 11, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, order food at a Wendy's restuarant in Richmond Heights, Ohio, on Tuesday. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, order food at a Wendy's restuarant in Richmond Heights, Ohio, on Tuesday.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In CNN Poll of Polls, Romney leads Obama by one percent among likely voters
  • Until debates, Romney encountered lack of enthusiasm since his campaign started
  • Obama appeared remote and passionless in first debate, while Romney seemed energetic

(CNN) -- After years of trying to win over the Republican party and American people, Mitt Romney spent this week savoring the sudden pleasure of being ahead in public opinion polls, even if only slightly, on the strength of a decisive debate against President Barak Obama.

"I just think the American people recognize that the president's policies are not something we can afford for four more years," Romney said. "We just can't afford more of what we've gone through."

More: Polls show Romney's post-debate bounce

Romney has encountered a lack of enthusiasm within the Republican Party -- and the country as a whole -- since he began campaigning for the presidency nearly six years ago in his first run for the White House. Even now, in the last weeks of his second campaign, he isn't enjoying an enormous surge.

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The CNN Poll of Polls, our calculation based on three independent national surveys, finds that Romney has the support of 48 percent of likely voters, with Obama at 47 percent.

It's just a one-percent advantage but it may reflect a more revealing change in momentum. Romney wasn't just trailing Obama in recent polls; his numbers had been eroding. For now at least he's stopped sliding backwards and has apparently jumped a tiny bit ahead.

The launching pad was last week's presidential debate; 90 minutes on national television that offered voters a surprising snapshot of the two candidates. Obama appeared remote and passionless, while Romney seemed to have more energy and empathy than many Americans expected.

Opinion: Why Ryan has edge in VP debate

If some Democrats had dreamed of a few easy weeks leading up to the November 6th vote, the debate and the new poll numbers were an opportunity for party leaders to address that enthusiasm.

"We have said from the beginning that this is going to be a tight race, it will be a tight race all the way up until election day," said Stephanie Cutler, deputy manager of the Obama campaign.

King: Let's not get carried away over VP debate

The new national polls will only focus attention on the numbers that matter more: the handful of "swing" states where the campaigns are competing for the voters who will really decide the outcome.

American presidential election results are tallied state by state. Most states vote predictably from one campaign to the next, just as most voters do. So the next three weeks will see a non-stop effort to reach out to undecided, persuadable voters in undecided, winnable states.

Opinion: Mitt Romney is not a liar

In places like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, Obama's lead has been diminished -- and in Colorado it may be gone entirely.

Romney has some good numbers after a long wait. There won't be much waiting left.

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