Romney's swing state bump
Remember how a few days ago, the propaganda wing of the Democratic party--CBS, NYT, WaPo, AP, ad nauseum--were trumpeting new polls in battleground states showing that Barack Obama had substantial leads?
Well, new surveys are out showing that Mitt Romney now has the lead in several battleground states. The same media outlets, of course, have met these new polls, showing Romney ahead in Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin, and within striking distance in Colorado and even Pennsylvania, with ... silence.
-Romney ahead of Obama by two points in Ohio
-up three points in Virginia
-up one point (Purple Strategies) or two points (Rasmussen) in Florida
-within three points in Colorado
-within five points in Pennsylvania
-and up one point in Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin.
All would indicate that the swing states are within reach with plenty of time still to play out.
Additionally, according to Purple Strategies, which focuses its surveys on 12 swing states:
"(T)hese data indicate a small bump in the immediate aftermath of the Ryan announcement... Ryan's personal image is at this point better than his Democratic counterpoint: 41% have a favorable view of the Vice President, compared to 48% unfavorable. Romney's personal image appears to have improved following the announcement: 45% favorable, 48% unfavorable. While still net unfavorable, this represents a substantial improvement from July, when he was net -8."
Keep in mind, these are numbers from 12 states considered battlegrounds.
Purple Strategies adds:
"Taken together, these measures indicate that the vice presidential roll-out has successfully provided modest momentum for the GOP ticket moving toward the convention...
At 45% to 39%, Paul Ryan is the only member of either major party ticket who currently has higher favorables than unfavorables ... Over the next few weeks, the two campaigns will be racing to define him among those 16% that don't have an opinion."