The presidential race has become more competitive in the swing states as a result of the first debate, but the movement in Mitt Romney direction has been modest. According to the latest NBC News/WSJ/Marist polls, the race has only moved a few points in Romney’s direction in Virginia and Ohio, while there has been no change in Florida.
Barack Obama 48%
Mitt Romney 47%
Barack Obama 51%
Mitt Romney 45%
Barack Obama 47%
Mitt Romney 48%
Since Marist’s polling last week, Obama has gone from an eight point lead in Ohio to a six point lead. In Virginia, Obama went from up by two to down by one.
While slipping in the polls is always bad news for a campaign, the silver lining for the Obama team is that the change is minor compared to what some of the national polling indicated. These polls were conducted starting Sunday so it seems to confirm that the Romney debate bounce was mostly limited to the few days directly following it and has already begun to fade.