Debate, jobs report shake up US presidential race
FISHERSVILLE, Virginia (AP) - The United States presidential race enters its final month enlivened by two events with the potential to reshape the contest.
Soon after challenger Mitt Romney's strong debate performance came some encouraging economic news, not a minute too soon for President Barack Obama.
Strategists say the race is tightening, which was largely expected even before Mr Obama's flat appearance on the debate stage Wednesday night, when his Republican opponent had arguably the best 90 minutes of his candidacy thus far.
Republican volunteers and strategists in the nine most competitive states are encouraged as never before, saying Mr Romney is squarely back in a contest that was threatening to slip away.