Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney pulled one percentage point ahead of President Barack Obama among Colorado voters in a new Denver Post poll released Friday, though the two are still effectively tied.
Romney now leads Obama 48 to 47, with a four-point margin of error in the poll that surveyed 614 likely voters by cell phone and home numbers Tuesday and Wednesday. The poll was conducted by SurveyUSA for The Post.
As we’ve been saying all along, the race in Colorado is going to come down to the wire, but this poll demonstrates that the momentum is moving in the right direction for Mitt Romney at just the right time. With ballots going out on Monday, we couldn’t think of a better time for Team Romney to see positive movement in the polls.
What’s helped move numbers is the 17% of people who said the presidential debate at DU has helped them make up their mind:
…83 percent of those Colorado voters polled say the debate did not change their mind, according to the Post’s poll.
Of the small group of voters who changed their mind after the first debate, however, twice as many switched to Romney as switched to Obama.
While Sherry tries to downplay the effect of the debate, citing the 83% of people it didn’t move, a single event that changed 17% of voters’ minds is no small matter, nor small group.
Despite the barrage of “Romney loves rapists” ads that have pounded Colorado TV screens for the last couple of months, when voters got to see Romney and Obama side-by-side it moved numbers. And not in a way that is at all beneficial to Team Hopenchange.