Before the debate Ohio appeared to be President Obama’s firewall, the must-win swing state for Romney where Obama held a big lead. Directly following the debate the polling has become very tight. The latest CNN poll has Obama up by four in Ohio, while SurveyUSA gives Obama only a single point lead.

How long will the Romney debate bounce last?

CNN/ORC International (10/5-8)
Barack Obama 51%
Mitt Romney 47%
Neither 1%
No opinion 1%

SurveyUSA (10/5-8)
Barack Obama 45%
Mitt Romney 44%
Other 3%
Undecided 8%

For a while it looked like Ohio, and by extension the White House, was about to become impossible for Romney. While Romney is still trailing, he is at least within striking distance now.

The only real positive news for the Obama campaign is that both polls were started the Friday directly following the debate. There are signs that Romney’s bounce from the debate was strongest in the days right after, but had already started to ebb by the beginning of this week. It is possible that polling from later this week will find Obama with a slightly larger lead.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at