Whether you consider U.S. President Barack Obama to have lost the first debate – most say yes – the Democratic Party might suggest that you can’t keep a good Obama down. Aided by an improving economy, he continues to lead in the important state of Ohio.
Ohio is a battleground state. The GOP has never managed to win the White House without taking Ohio. Obama was six points up there in an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll on Oct. 11 and 4 points up in a CNN poll Oct. 9. The most recent poll, a Public Policy Poll on Saturday, Oct. 13 has the president with a 5 point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Ohio, 51 to 46.
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The president, buoyed by unemployment numbers dropping below 8% to 7.8% in September and the economy gaining jobs for the 31st straight month, also had other Ohio numbers to celebrate in the Public Policy Poll. Ohioans felt Vice-President Joe Biden won the only V.P. debate over the GOP’s Paul Ryan by 46 to 37 percent and said they trust Obama over Romney 51 to 43 when it comes to dealing with Libya. Further, Ohioans choose Obama by 51 to 46 percent when it comes to being the best candidate to deal with the economy.
Obama and his challenger are preparing for the final two debates. The next presidential debate is this Tuesday, October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and the third and final presidential debate goes Monday, October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.