Romney outpaces Obama in RealClearPolitics poll average

Neil Munro White House Correspondent
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Gov. Mitt Romney has edged ahead of President Barack Obama in the Real Clear Politics aggregation of national polls, 48.2 percent to 47.8 percent.

Obama has led the survey all year, although Romney drew even once in the summer, and drew very close several times since February 2012.

But Romney has zoomed upwards since the Oct. 3 Denver debate, when he clearly bested Obama.

Romney’s average was pushed upwards by a Pew Research poll that put him four points ahead, a Gallup poll that gave him a two-point advantage and a Rasmussen poll that had the two candidates tied.

The survey does not include the Oct. 9 poll released by Public Policy Polling, which gives Romney a two-point lead over Obama, 49 percent to 47 percent.

PPP is a firm that mostly works for Democratic clients. The Oct. 9 poll was conducted for The Daily Kos website and the Service Employees International Union.

A similar Daily Kos poll conducted prior to the Denver debate put Obama ahead, 49 percent to 45 percent.

A poll taken just before the debate, on Sept. 28 to 30, by CNN and Opinion Research put Obama one point and three points ahead.

Romney’s advance has pulled his Intrade score up to 40, while Obama’s score is now at 60, down from 78 in early October.

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