Romney Up by 3 in Gallup; Momentum Slowing?

Latest poll still has him ahead, but by a smaller margin than last week
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2012 2:40 PM CDT
Romney Up by 3 in Gallup; Momentum Slowing?
Mitt Romney makes a point during a campaign stop at Jet Machine, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Cincinnati.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Mitt Romney's lead over President Obama stands at 3 points in today's Gallup tracking poll, and among registered voters Obama actually leads 48-47. The poll is noteworthy, the Hill explains, because Gallup has lately been much higher on Romney than all the other polls; he was ahead by 3 yesterday, too, but for most of last week, he was up between 5 and 7 points.

The results back up a trend Nate Silver has been seeing: It appears Romney's rise has stalled. Yesterday he lost ground in five out of six daily polls. "This is the closest we've come in a week or so to one candidate clearly having 'won' the day … and it was Mr. Obama," Silver writes. "It's improbable that Mr. Romney would have a day like this if he still had momentum." Romney still has a slight edge in RealClearPolitics' polling average, but Silver's prediction model still has Obama as a 71% favorite to win. (More Mitt Romney stories.)

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