Gov. Romney’s surge

Gove. Romney’s surge after the first presidential debate is showing up in the polls.

Results out today from — take a deep breath — a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll show that Romney is seen by more voters as a strong leader in the swings states of Colorado, Wisconsin and Virginia. leader.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll — running out of breath yet? — show similar results. Romney gained in the three swing states of Virginia, Florida and Ohio. (Romney and President Obama are in a dead heat now in Virginia and Florida, and Obama has a slight lead in Ohio.)

Both polls show that  Obama is getting a bit of a cushion from improving economic numbers.

An interesting analysis about the Ohio results by NBC political expert and Elon friend Domenico Montanaro: “One factor that may have pulled the party ID more heavily toward Democrats in this poll was early voting. One-in-five respondents (18 percent) said they have already voted, and, of those, almost two-thirds (63 percent) said they voted for Obama.”

Meanwhile, on the day of the vice presidential debate, Gallup released a poll showing that the American people have about the same reaction to both Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. In a word, it’s “meh.” As we have seen, though, that could change after tonight.

— John Robinson

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