On Eve Of First Debate, NPR Poll Shows Romney Within Striking Distance

It’s still close…. even if Nate Silver puts it at an 85% chance of Obama win… with a now-cast of 98%….

Some swing states like Florida and Virginia are not a lock for Democrats yet… and a sudden momentum could energize the Republicans… but motivate Democratic voters too…

A slip-up from Obama tonight.. and the race could reignite..

On Eve Of First Debate, NPR Poll Shows Romney Within Striking Distance:

Early voting has begun in the battleground states of Ohio, Virginia and Iowa. Voting booths are set up for early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse last Thursday in Waterloo, Iowa. On the eve of Wednesday's first presidential debate, an NPR poll finds President Obama with a 7-point lead nationally, but his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, is within striking distance.

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Early voting has begun in the battleground states of Ohio, Virginia and Iowa. Voting booths are set up for early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse last Thursday in Waterloo, Iowa. On the eve of Wednesday’s first presidential debate, an NPR poll finds President Obama with a 7-point lead nationally, but his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, is within striking distance.

Early voting has begun in the battleground states of Ohio, Virginia and Iowa. Voting booths are set up for early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse last Thursday in Waterloo, Iowa. On the eve of Wednesday’s first presidential debate, an NPR poll finds President Obama with a 7-point lead nationally, but his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, is within striking distance.

The latest poll by NPR and its bipartisan polling team [pdf] shows President Obama with a 7-point lead among likely voters nationally and a nearly identical lead of 6 points in the dozen battleground states where both campaigns are spending most of their time and money.

I know it’s a long way off, but thinking about the presidential election this November, if the election for president were held today and the candidates were — Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, for whom would you vote?

NPR Poll

But the poll also finds former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney very much within striking distance of the incumbent as the two men begin a series of three debates Wednesday in Denver. More than 80 percent of respondents said they planned to watch the first televised clash Wednesday and one in four said the debate could influence their vote.

(Via NPR….)

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