Tuesday, October 30, 2012

With a week to go, Team Romney is upbeat about Ohio

On Monday, pollster Scott Rasmussen released a new survey showing Romney leading Obama in Ohio 50 percent to 48 percent -- the first poll to show the challenger in front. Over the weekend, a poll done for Ohio's top newspapers showed the race dead even, with both candidates at 49 percent. - Byron York/Washington Examiner

Of course, many polls have shown Obama with a slight lead in Ohio, but the newer surveys suggesting a tightening race have Romney forces confident that something is going on in the state. On Monday morning, the campaign sent out a new strategy memo from Scott Jennings, the Ohio campaign director, that used the word "momentum" six times. Team Romney sees it everywhere in Ohio: polls, endorsements, early voting.

And in the people coming to Romney's rallies. Jennings attended the rally at the steel-processing company, and as we talked while waiting for Romney to speak, a woman came over. "I'm taking it very, very personally that it's going to come down to the state I live in," the woman, Regina Gardner, of Columbus, said. "I'm doing a lot of volunteer work, I'm helping to get out the vote, I'm knocking on doors, I'm calling people, I'm going to be a poll watcher on Election Day. I'm trying to get my friends to realize, you can't just complain; you've got to do more...."