Mitt Romney has not only closed the gap with Barack Obama in the U.S. and Florida, but has edged out a slight lead over the President.
In the U.S., Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama 48% to 47.3% according to the most recent Real Clear Politics average of polls. This trend was echoed in a Gallup poll released on October 9, 2012 which has Romney leading 49% to 47% among likely voters. A Pew Research poll released on October 8, 2012 found a much larger lead for Romney among likely voters, 49% to 45%.
In Florida, Romney also leads Obama 48% to 47.3% according to the most recent Real Clear Politics average of Florida polls.
Romney's lead nationally and in Florida occurred after he won the first Presidential Debate due to Obama's lackluster performance. The recent polling trend has become important because not only has Obama's polling number fallen, but for the first time since the Democratic National Convention in August, Romney's polling numbers are rising significantly.
This could indicate that Romney has gained his needed momentum in the Presidential race with only 4 weeks left until Election Day.