Romney Bounce Busted: Obama Lead Still There In Recent Polls

RCP Poll average for the general election shows Obama's post-debate slide has stopped, as has Romney's rise. While Romney still holds a slight lead in the average, the trend is for Obama, as is the polling data for the all-important "battleground" state of Ohio, which in the latest poll shows Obama holding a 5% lead over Romney.
Especially in the all-important state of Ohio, the polls have been watched since the first Presidential debate, in which Barack Obama portrayed a mildly grumpy professor being battered by Governor Romney's hard-charging vacuum-clearner salesman.

And the polls, in Ohio and nationally, show the Romney surge or bounce or whatever you want to call it, is over.

Two new polls this morning, Politico's Battleground poll, and the new ABC News/Washington Post poll, both show Obama narrowly ahead. And the RCP Poll Average shows Obama's big decline in the general election polls, which began just after the President's October 3 debate with Mitt Romney, has stopped, and Obama is rising again. Further, Mitt Romney's poll numbers have peaked, and he is dropping.

Also, despite all the negative publicity Obama has absorbed, both from his first debate performance and from the difficult debate that has developed over the Administration's handling of the 9/11 Benghazi terrorist attack, the President's numbers in the key state of Ohio, where the economy is actually doing better than in most of the country, are holding steady with a comfortable lead of 5% in the latest poll for Obama.
Ohio RCP poll average shows Romney surge has stopped there also.

If Romney cannot break through and win in Ohio, most pundits think his chances of victory nationally are slim at best. And this explains why both campaigns will be focusing a great deal of energy this week to convincing undecideds in Ohio to vote for their respective candidate. 

In addition, of course, is the now critically important second debate, which will take place tomorrow, and may stand as the most important debate in recent electoral history.

If the President turns in a performance as weak as the one he gave on Octorber 3, his chances of reelection may be permanently sunk. But if he can bounce back, and blast Romney with similar aggressiveness to that Joe Biden displayed in trouncing Paul Ryan on Thursday, Obama may recover a good deal of his lost momentum.

Already, the President is showing an ability to recover that energy in the polls, or Romney is once again showing the limits of his ability to attract a winning percentage of voters.