Debate, jobs report shake up presidential race

Debate, jobs report shake up presidential race

Debate, jobs report shake up presidential race

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by CHARLES BABINGTON and THOMAS BEAUMONT

Associated Press

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 8:13 AM

FISHERSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The presidential race enters its final month enlivened by two events with the potential to reshape the contest or perhaps negate each other.

Soon after Mitt Romney's strong debate performance came Friday's encouraging economic news, not a minute too soon for President Barack Obama.

Strategists say the race is tightening, which was largely expected even before Obama's flat appearance on the debate stage Wednesday night, when his Republican challenger had arguably the best 90 minutes of his candidacy thus far.

Now, with one month left until the Nov. 6 election and millions of people already voting, the question is whether Romney can spin his hour and a half of debate gold into a path toward a four-year presidency.

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