Guardian US editor Janine Gibson, BuzzFeed Politics Andrew Kaczynski and The Hotline's editor Reid Wilson tweeted:
Can't blame the format. Obama was not good and Romney was much improved.
MSNBC panel discussing saying Romney won right now.
Romney needed to do something special tonight. He did. Not race-ending home run, but Obama's momentum could be arrested.
The US unemployment rate has edged down to 8.1% nationally but any failure to continue that momentum will be seized upon by Republicans.
The lackluster debate performance from Obama, who has been called the greatest communicator since Reagan, gave us our October surprise.
The dust is settling on a successful night for Mitt Romney but the show must go on.