Elections 2012: Presidential Race Is a Dog Fight Now as Romney Surges

Mitt Romney sow panic through the Democratic ranks by overtaking Barack Obama in recent poll conducted a month before the elections.

The former Massachusetts governor, who had been behind President Obama for months, won sharp swings in support thanks to his victory during the first debate last week. Photo: Mitt Romney/Flickr

Romney led his rival by four percentage points nationwide, according to Pew, a non-partisan organization, which had Obama leading by eight points a fortnight ago.

PPP, a Left-leaning pollster, found the Republican’s national lead was three points, while Gallup put it at two points, writes The Telegraph.

Rasmussen, a Right-leaning group,  reports that the Republican challenger also led by two points across the 11 swing states likely to decide the results of the election, having eclipsed President Obama for the first time in three weeks.

“Things are probably back to where they should be. This is a race where Romney should be up sometimes,” said Ipsos pollster Cliff Young.

Romney campaign suggested that swing voters gave the candidate “another look” after months of attacks from Mr Obama.

“Governor Romney offered voters a choice between someone with a plan to turn our economy around and a President who is offering four more years of the last four years,” said a spokesman.

Romney seemed to be quite confident when speaking at a rally attended by an estimated 12,000 people in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

He told the crowd that he had been watching some of his rival’s rallies and heard Obama’s supporters chanting “four more years.”

“I think the right chant for them ought to be “four more weeks, four more weeks,” Romney said.

The attendants picked up on it and chanted “four more weeks,” repeating it occasionally throughout his stump speech, Reuters claims.

“Ohio is going to elect me the next president of the United States,” Romney added.

Meanwhile, the Republican candidate tried one more time to distract himself from his infamous 47 percent comments caught on video at a private fundraiser late spring.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday night Romney said that, “the words that came out were not what I meant.”

It’s not the first time the former governor abandoned his position that the sentiment he expressed when he called 47 percent of the voters government-dependent, self-identified victims was a poorly explained.

Last week, he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the comment was “completely wrong” as opposed to ineloquently stated.

Speaking to CNN host Wolf Blitzer, the Republican nominee repeated reiterated that, if he’s elected, he would work for “100 percent of the people,” adding that, “what was stated in the tape was not referring to what kind of president I’d be.”

When asked what he would say to those funders if he had the opportunity to address them again on the topic, Romney replied the following:

“Well, Wolf, as you know, I was talking about how do you get to 50.1 percent of the vote. I’d like to get 100 percent of the vote, but I figure that’s not going to happen, so I was trying to tell contributors how I get to 50.1 percent.”

He went on, adding: “I think it’s always a perilous course for a candidate to start talking about the mathematics of an election.”

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