Hey Obama, Your Firewall is On Fire (Update: Keystone Collapse?) Update: Beckel Frets

The word you may be looking for after reading the following is “Wow.” Or something more colorful.

North Carolina is looking very good for Team Romney, so good that they’re shifting a key asset to Ohio.


The spokesman, Robert Reid, will be moved to Ohio, which is increasingly viewed by both campaigns as the central battleground of the 2012 race.

“With the increasingly widening polls in North Carolina, we will continue to allocate resources, including key senior staff, to other states,” said Romney spokeswoman Sarah Pompei.

The move comes none too soon. A new poll out today puts Romney in the lead but within the margin of error in two battlegrounds.

Romney takes 48 percent support in Ohio, edging President Obama at 47, in the new poll conducted by American Research Group (ARG). It’s the latest survey to show Romney erasing the gender gap. He now trails Obama only 48 to 45 among female voters in the Buckeye State.

Obama had opened up a commanding lead in Ohio, which no Republican presidential candidate has lost in a successful bid for president. Before last week’s debate, some polls showed Obama with as big as a 10-point lead.

Obama now leads by 3, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

Ohio is the third-largest swing state prize with 18 Electoral College votes at stake.

And in Colorado, likely voters went for Romney 50 to 46 over Obama, in ARG’s poll. Romney soundly outpaced Obama among female voters in the state, taking 51 percent support against Obama at 45.

Go ahead, read that last line to yourself again. Feel free to whistle and say “hoo-boy” under your breath. If you’re an Obama supporter, feel free to push this.

More: I almost forgot the Mortal Kombat admonition of the day–


Update: It’s getting harder to keep calm and finish him with these new poll numbers from Pennsylvania:

Susquehanna Polling and Research provided The Washington Examiner with a poll it conducted for state party officials that shows Romney with a 49 percent to 45 percent lead over President Obama.

It’s the first poll to show Romney leading among likely voters in the Keystone State.

“The polling is very clear that the race is certainly up for grabs and Republicans have a tendency to never believe it,” Susquehanna President James Lee told The Examiner.

Romney isn’t spending much time or money in Pennsylvania, which hasn’t backed a Republican presidential candidate since 1988.

Every other Pennsylvania poll shows Obama ahead, though by a narrowing margin. A Quinnipiac University poll taken around the same time as the Susquehanna poll shows Obama leading Romney 50 percent to 46 percent.

Susquehanna’s automated poll or 1,376 likely voters was taken between Oct. 11 and 13, before the second presidential debate Tuesday that many saw as a comeback for Obama since his Oct. 3 showdown with Romney.

Also read: Wargaming the Electoral College

Update: Democrat Bob Beckel says that if the Gallup poll is accurate, then the race is “over” for Obama.


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