By Sam Youngman MORRISON, Colo. –
(Reuters) – Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney kicked off his sprint to the election finish line on Tuesday, seeking to harness momentum from his three televised debates with President Barack Obama to energize supporters in an extremely tight race.
While Obama was judged by polls as the winner of Monday’s debate over foreign policy, Romney was reckoned to have performed well enough to pass the “commander-in-chief” test.
He has rebounded in polls since trouncing Obama in the first debate on October 3 and was only 1 point behind in a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday that had Obama ahead by 47-46 percent. A Washington Post/ABC poll gave Romney the lead by 49-48 percent.
“These debates have super charged our campaign, there’s no question about it,” Romney told a rally in Nevada.
“We’re seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support. We’re going to make sure that these campaigns and the message of these debates, rather, these messages, keep going across the country,” he told a crowd, estimated by his campaign at 6,000 people, in Henderson, Nevada.