The Straits Times
Published on Oct 10, 2012

Romney surges as White House race narrows


AKRON, Ohio (AFP) - Republican Mitt Romney surged into the lead in national opinion polls of the White House race on Tuesday, his reward for beating President Barack Obama in last week's first head-to-head debate.

As both candidates arrived in perennial kingmaker state Ohio, top Obama aides put a brave face on the president's slide, four weeks from election day, insisting they had always known his re-election bid would be tough.

A flurry of new polls on Tuesday showed the delayed impact of Mr Romney's debate triumph in Denver.

For the first time since he accepted the Republican Party nomination, Mr Romney topped the widely-read poll of polls conducted by the RealClearPolitics website, albeit by only 0.7 points.