WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- If Republican candidate Mitt Romney wins the White House next week, historians will cite the debate in Denver, Colorado, earlier this month for providing the initial spark that revved up his campaign's engine and allowed him to surge ahead.
Indeed, in a race that's getting tighter by the minute, Romney just moved ahead in key battleground state Ohio this week in a Rasmussen poll after being tied with President Barack Obama the week prior. The former Massachusetts governor has also advanced in swing states Florida and Virginia and is inching closer and closer to the finish line.
Before the debates, however, the dynamic was much different.
Prior to that initial contest, Romney had been getting pummeled by White House attack ads and seemed unable to come back swinging. Campaign donors had begun to doubt his ability to ramp up his game, and some U.S. media reported that Romney's financial supporters were considering backing away from him.
Situation suddenly changed when Romney brought his A game to the first contest while the president brought his C game.
Obama seemed lackadaisical, at times testy, did not look at his opponent, and some pundits surmised that the president did not want to be there.
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