(WASHINGTON) — Not even a powerful East Coast storm can stave off the momentum of Mitt Romney in Gallup’s daily tracking poll of likely voters.
On Monday, as the large portion of the country was battered by Hurricane Sandy, Romney picked up a point nationally on President Obama, leading 51 percent to 46 percent.
Since Gallup’s tracking poll averages seven days of statistics, it includes the entirety of the October 29 debate on foreign affairs, suggesting that the incumbent got no bounce from his last meeting with Romney, which many pundits said Obama won.
Meanwhile, Romney is now neck-and-neck with Obama in registered voters, 48 percent to 48 percent, which the president’s campaign asserts is a better indicator of how the election is going.
Over the past 12 days, Romney’s lead among likely voters had ranged from five to seven points ahead in nine days, and hasn’t trailed in the other three.
Other national polls see the race much tighter, including an ABC News-Washington Post poll that has Romney up 49 percent to 48 percent.
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