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Debate bump puts Romney within a point of Obama in must-win Ohio

Rasmussen reports today that the race is well within the margin of error, with Obama edging Romney out on Thursday among likely voters in Ohio.

Mitt Romney may have missed a major convention bump this year, but a “debate bump” from his decisive polemical victory over President Barack Obama Wednesday night is helping him to make up for lost time in the crucial swing state of Ohio. With its 18 electoral votes, Ohio has been one of the most challenging states for the Republican ticket: Romney has not led in polling averages for more than a year.

But Rasmussen reports  today that the race is well within the margin of error, with Obama edging Romney out on Thursday among likely voters in Ohio 50 percentage points to 49.

Over at Real Clear Politics,  poll averages show Romney gained a three-point bump literally overnight, cutting Obama’s averaged-out lead in half.

And don’t think Ohio is a fluke. Romney gained an average of 2.5 percentage points following the debate in Virginia, while Obama lost nearly a point in Florida, continuing a steady downward trajectory for his campaign in the state since the beginning of the month.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope??s email is