From the Political Wire...OBAMA'S INTERNAL POLL STILL SHOW LEADS IN SWING STATES
"Major Garrett reports the first batch of Obama internal polls came back from key swing states today and "revealed that Obama was not in free fall, as some feared, but that his support has returned to where it was in July and August.
" 'Internal Obama polling data show that all swing states have tightened up and that Romney is within the margin of error in states like Ohio and Virginia and Florida. It's now a dogfight across the swing-state battlefield and any sense of pre-debate complacency that some Obama hands feared was creeping into both turnout and fundraising has vanished.' "
From the University of North Florida...UNF POLL OF FLORIDA: OBAMA 49%, ROMNEY 45%
"A new University of North Florida poll reveals President Barack Obama has a four-percentage point lead over Mitt Romney, 49 – 45 percent.
The key to the Obama lead is support from African-American voters (96 percent to 3 percent) and Hispanic voters, 59 - 33 percent).
"Also of interest, 37 percent of likely voters 'haven’t heard enough about' Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate,to have an opinion of him, which highlights the importance of his performance in the vice presidential debate Thursday."
From the Tampa Bay Times: PAUL RYAN GRABS A COUPLE OF SCOOPS BEFORE LEAVING ST. PETE by Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times
"Ryan wrapped up his debate prep in St. Petersburg Wednesday and left headed to Kentucky for Thursday night's debate - but not without ensuring he generated a little local publicity in the battleground of Tampa Bay.
"The Vice Presidential motorcade stopped at Old Farmer's Creamery on Fourth Street North, where he for a couple scoops of Moose tracks for himself and some cookie dough scoops, for Politico's Juana Summers, who just celebrated a birthday. The store was customer-free, but still a zoo with all the reporters and cameras with the travelling press corps."
"There will be a return of a Romney in Sarasota on Thursday, and this time it's Ann Romney's turn.
"The wife of Gov. Mitt Romney will be the special guest at a breakfast fundraiser for Congressman Connie Mack, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson for the U.S. Senate, according to the Republican Party of Sarasota County. Mitt Romney had appeared at a large grassroots fundraiser at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in September."