Presidential Polls: Romney Leading In Swing-State Tracking

Rasmussen Reports, one of the most accurate public-opinion pollsters, now has Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and businessman, leading in its latest daily swing-state tracking poll over President Barack Obama.

Rasmussen indicates that in the 11 so-called swing states (i.e., they could go for either candidate), Romney has 50 percent of the vote versus 46% for Obama as of today.

The 11 states are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. According to Rasmussen, “This is the second day in a row that Romney has been at the 50% mark in the combined swing states and marks the widest gap between the candidates since Obama posted a five-point lead on October 5.”

Once a candidate gets to 50 and above, he or she is usually in business, but there are still two weeks to go (and plenty of time for the mainstream media to run wild with a planted story that could damage the Romney/Ryan ticket), plus the third and final nationally televised debate tomorrow night.

What explains the turnaround in GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s electoral fortunes? New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin offers this explanation:

“Then came that first debate, where Romney’s brilliant performance and Obama’s snooze flipped the script. But it is now clear Romney’s sudden zest wasn’t a one-off. He has continued to gain support after the second debate, an illustration of the power and depth of the change to his approach.”

There are many variables in polling data obviously that could render the results accurate or not inaccurate. As that cliche goes, the only poll that matters is on Election Day, although early voting is already underway in a number of states that allow it.

Do you think that the trend is in Mitt Romney’s direction?