With most polls showing President Barack Obama’s lead over challenger Mitt Romney holding at around 5 points in the all-important swing state of Ohio, Democratic political strategists are breathing a little easier.
Both campaigns see Ohio as crucial to victory in what is an extremely tight race in the Electoral College.
CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University polls show Obama’s lead holding steady in Ohio while holding on to slim leads in Virginia and Florida.
“The new numbers are reassuring,” a top Obama strategist told Capitol Hill Blue via email. “We are cautiously optimistic.”
But neither campaign is resting. Both continue to flood the swing states with sharp-edged attack ads. Obama, temporarily sidelined by Presidential duties related to Superstorm Sandy, is relying on former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden as surrogates in the battleground states while Romney stays on the campaign trail.
“This sucker is going down to the wire,” says a top GOP consultant.