Romney pulls ahead of Obama for first time
Republican challenger Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of President Barack Obama in a national poll released Monday by the Pew Research Centre.
Among likely voters, Romney pulled to a 49% lead over Obama, who held 45% support, marking the first time Romney has led in a major national poll.
An earlier poll by Pew from September 12 to 16 showed Obama in the lead with 51% to Romney's 42%.
Romney has surged in popularity especially among registered voters since his strong performance in Wednesday's first debate with Obama.
Until the debate, Obama had a narrow edge in an average of polls calculated by the website realclearpolitics.com. But the president until recently had a strong lead in key swing states which will decide the election.