As the dust settles on the Presidential debate, the chase for votes goes on

The dust is settling on the final debate but the show must go on.

Silence is not an option so both candidates have rallies today in different parts of the country, essentially chasing the votes of the few remaining undecided Americans.

The final Presidential debate
The final Presidential debate Credit: Reuters

They follow each other through the states of Florida, Nevada, Colorado, Ohio and Iowa, hitting as many local television and newspaper markets as they can.

With just 14 days to go in a race that has had more twists than a rollercoaster, the election remains on a knife edge with a handful of voters set to decide who spends the next four years in the White House.

It's the start of the final stretch to 6 November and will include the President hitting half a dozen states in 48 hours:

President Obama will kick off a two day, around the clock campaign blitz across six battleground states. The America Forward! tour will criss-cross the nation, reaching as many voters as possible about the critical choice in this election

– 'Obama For America' statement
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney Credit: Reuters

Romney heads west today to Nevada and Colorado and then comes back the Mid-West were he will focus on Thursday, on Ohio visiting a number of different cities and towns across the state.

If one thing is key to their success, then it's the ability of each candidate to energise their supporters, to get them to vote and to encourage them to tell other people to vote too. This was one of the great triumphs of the Obama campaign in 2008 when the Democratic ground game worked to devastating effect.

In 2012 many of the same offices that worked across the swing states have re-opened, or in some cases, never closed. But this time the Republicans have organised their own local teams more effectively, learning from the mistakes of the McCain/Palin ticket.

US President Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama Credit: Reuters

The first debate had a major impact on this effort, giving Republicans a new sense of hope that their candidate might actually win. Romney's savaging of a limp President changed the game in a way that Obama is only just managing to curb. But nearly three weeks have passed since that first one on one confrontation, and that's a very long time in politics. One Republican said tonight "Obama has the best of things tonight but Romney gained the momentum in the first debate and will go on to win the election as a result."

It's too early to tell whether that might be the case but what is true is that the debates have been more compelling and game changing than anyone thought possible.