Washington: US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leads President Barack Obama by a fraction in the average of national polls, but the Democrat is ahead in enough battleground states to maintain a lead in the Electoral College.
In short, the whole race is too close to call.
Part of Romney's strategy seems to be using the word 'momentum' as much as possible in campaign emails.
One fundraising email from Romney reached a reporter's inbox five times on Friday. Subject line: "The momentum."
"The debates have supercharged our campaign and the Republican team," the email said, adding: "We're seeing more and more enthusiasm - and more and more support."
According to the Christian Science Monitor, certainly, Romney's energetic performance against a lackluster Obama in the first debate on October 3 galvanized the former Massachusetts governor's supporters.
The crowd at Romney's rallies now number in the thousands, up from the hundreds. In fundraising for the first half of October, Team Romney beat Team Obama 111.8 million dollars to 88.8 million dollars, the report said.
But Romney hasn't been able to take that mini-surge in polls after the first debate and build it into a clear lead over Obama, perhaps because the president came back to life in the last two debates, it added.
"While Romney gained significantly in the wake of the first presidential debate in early October, the lack of a continuing trend over the past two weeks helps counter a theme in some campaign coverage that Romney's support continues to 'surge' nationwide," Mark Blumenthal, senior polling editor at the Huffington Post, wrote.
In short, the whole race is too close to call. In the ABC News/Washington Post Poll released on Friday, "some underlying shifts toward Romney paused," Gary Langer, pollster for ABC, wrote.
In his analysis, Langer reported that "no further gain for Romney on key economic measures" in the poll.
"And strong enthusiasm among his supporters, which rose sharply after the first debate, has been essentially stable since - neither losing nor gaining more ground, and even with Obama, but not ahead," Langer added.