On top of all the other magic he works, Scott Rasmussen also conducts a daily poll of the eleven swing states won by Obama in 2008 and considered competitive today. This includes Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Romney has not been in the lead in this poll since Sept. 19. As recently as last week, Obama was 4 to 6 points ahead.
Today, Romney is up by 2, 49-46%.
In 2008, Obama won these states 53 to 46%.
Rasmussen calls this swing, "[A] significant change. For virtually the entire campaign, Obama has done better in the swing states than in the national averages. It remains to be seen whether this is a lasting change in the race or merely a temporary aberration." Rasmussen also believes Obama might need a Reagan-style debate comeback to win reelection.
State polling remains Obama and the media's last stand before acknowledging Romney's surge or declaring Obama in deep, deep trouble -- a narrative neither wants. Even though poll after poll shows Romney gaining in OH, VA, and FLA (there are even polls showing him only a few points down in PA and MI) the media's refused to acknowledge what the rest of us are seeing at the state level. This is a reality the media just doesn’t want to face and one they most certainly don't want to report.
The media's so desperate that Politico's lead story about the Romney campaign today went out of its way to report that Romney's internal polls in the states were dire. That's not what we are hearing and that's not what polls were showing even before the debate.
But that's The Narrative, and The Narrative trumps truth and even logic.
Try as the corrupt media will, though, The Narrative can't hold out forever,
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