Feisty presidential debate draws in 70 million viewers

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during the second presidential debate in New York. Photo: Reuters

Nearly 70 million American TV viewers tuned in to the feisty second debate. So it mattered. But we still don't know if the President has gained traction in the polls and steadied his campaign.

There are some new polls out but they only partially factor in the debate so they may not tell the full story. Here are some of the details:

  • New Hampshire: Obama 50%, Romney 49% (Rasmussen)
  • Nevada: Obama 50%, Romney 47% (Rasmussen)
  • Ohio: Obama 45%, Romney 42% (SurveyUSA)
  • Wisconsin: Obama 49%, Romney 48% (Marquette Law)

The obvious point is that they are all within the margin of error and that this race remains extremely close. I would still say the President is the slight favourite to win a second term, but only just.

Both sides are claiming they have momentum. Mitt Romney says the President is running on fumes and is out of ideas and energy.

Team Obama is launching attacks on Mitt Romney's much ridiculed comment about "binders full of women" - a line that lit up twitter and the blogosphere within minutes of it being uttered.

We've only one debate left, in Florida on Monday night. If New York is anything to go by it will be quite a show.