Elections 2012: New Poll Puts Obama 9 Points Ahead of Romney in Ohio

A new poll shows President Obama leading over his Republican rival Mitt Romney in swing state Ohio.

A new Columbus Dispatch poll demonstrates Mitt Romney is eclipsed by President Barack Obama by nine percentage points — 51% to 42%. Photo: Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America

The Dispatch reports that this is the fifth recent poll showing the former Massachusetts governor following Obama in the Buckeye State. Ohioans will start casting their ballots for the presidential election in two days.

“Both changes were fueled by a larger proportion of Democrats in the current poll who say they will vote,” the newspaper reported.

Dispatch poll was conducted from Sept. 19-29, counting responses of 1,662 random voters, with a 2.2 percent margin of error.

September’s numbers show a stark contrast from the previous month’s data, which showed Obama and Romney knotted at 45 percent apiece right before the start of the Republican National Convention.

Various reports suggest that Obama is leading nationally and in key battleground states, thanks to the momentum from the Democratic National Convention.

His leading position can be also explained by joining Bill Clinton as a campaign surrogate and a summer during which the Obama campaign successfully put Romney on the defensive and painted him as an out-of-touch plutocrat, The National Journal suggests.

Now the Republican candidate has nothing to do but to do show himself good in the debate Wednesday in order to gain momentum as the campaign heads into its final stretch.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that was exactly what Romney would get in his head-to-head matchup with the president, writes ABC News.

“I have absolute confidence that when we get to Thursday morning, George, all you’re going to be shaking your head, saying it’s a brand-new race,” Christie said.

However, the problem is that NJ governor is off script. The Romney campaign is trying to lower expectations, and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan led the charge.

“President Obama is a very gifted speaker. The man’s been on the national stage for many years,” Ryan said on “Fox News Sunday,” repeating a line he’s been using on the campaign trail. “This is Mitt’s first time on this kind of a stage.”

Of course, Ryan didn’t mean to say that the Republican nominee won’t give voters a clear reason to support him over Obama: He said Romney will offer a “choice” during the debate.

“I know what President Obama’s done, I know all of these empty promises and broken promises, I know about the ugly stagnant economy,” he said.

“What is Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan offering to get us back on track? And I think that’s what we’ll get out of Wednesday. And if we get that out of Wednesday, then the country understands the choice they have to make.”

Meanwhile, the former Massachusetts governor went to church Sunday morning and then spent several hours in debate preparation.

The Romney aides suppose the most important part of debates is not that of policy, but memorable moments, while a member of President Obama’s team said he believes Romney will be prepared to attack with a series of one-liners and zingers.

“The American people are going to be listening for not a clever line, but a good idea to help move this country forward and help them and their family. And that’s what our focus is going to be,” Senior White House Adviser David Plouffe told reporters.

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