Mitt Romney’s insiders are beginning to worry publicly that with little time in the election and the polls tilting the way of the President that Barack Obama is winning the race for president.
Obama left the Democratic National Convention with a lot of momentum, which The Huffington Post noted is beginning to show up in the polls. He is also winning in the state-by-state battle, holding slim to moderate advantages in nearly all of the swing states.
After the national conventions ended, Obama has a clearer path to winning, top advisers to Romney told Politico. Though Romney’s camp was happy at Obama’s less than stellar performance at the Democratic National Convention, Romney’s post-convention bump was well below what they wanted and polls in the must-win state of Ohio are looking very poor for the Republican.
“Their map has many more routes to victory,” a top Republican official told Politico. Though polls are still tight in Ohio, two Romney officials privately said their internal tracking numbers show Obama with a high single digit lead there. If Mitt Romney loses Ohio he has no reasonable other path to victory, they noted.
Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are looking forward to the October 3 debate as a chance to steal the momentum for the rest of the campaign and attract the dwindling number of undecided voters.
But even this strategy will be difficult for Mitt Romney, GOP insiders said.
“Romney is not going to win undecided voters four-to-one,” a senior Obama administration official told reporters on Air Force One on Friday. “If you are losing in Ohio by four or five points and trailing in Colorado by two points, if you are trailing in Nevada by two or three points, you are not going to win in those states.”
That small but important lead is huge problem for the Mitt Romney, the official added. For any real chance of winning Romney would need to be at least tied in both Ohio and Florida.