According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News daily tracking poll, the contest remained unchanged from Tuesday, with 49 percent of likely voters nationally backing Romney and 48 percent supporting Obama.
Obama sat for an interview with Jay Leno and stumped in Iowa, Colorado and Nevada — states that have a combined 21 electoral votes — kicking off what he called a “48-hour fly-around marathon campaign extravaganza.”
“We’re going to pull an all-nighter,” he said at a rally in Davenport, Iowa. “No sleep.’’
Romney covered similar ground with large rallies in Nevada, Iowa and Ohio (30 combined electoral votes), claiming the label of front-runner, even though the path to 270 electoral votes still looks more challenging for the former Massachusetts governor than it does for Obama.
With the debates behind him, Romney is trying to build momentum this week, staging large and enthusiastic rallies while suggesting that the Obama campaign has stalled.
The Republican nominee, who lagged behind Obama for months this summer and into the fall, told some 2,500 supporters at a Reno arena that the debates were “propelling” his campaign.
“The Obama campaign is slipping and shrinking,” Romney said. “The president can’t seem to find an agenda to help America’s families. Our campaign is a growing movement across this country where people recognize we’re going to bring — build a brighter future for the American family, for every family in this great country.”
Obama unveiled a glossy 20-page booklet Tuesday that details his agenda for a second term, which includes hiring 100,000 teachers and increasing manufacturing jobs.
The Obama team pushed back against the “Mittmentum” narrative, with top Obama strategist David Plouffe saying that the Romney team has “tried to take advantage of some of these national polls,” some of which show Romney with a slight lead.
“I believe they are overstating their electoral college situation, whether that is consistent with their data and their data’s flawed, I don’t know,” he said.
The Obama campaign touted a formidable ground game in Virginia, which has a relatively low unemployment rate and a demographic mix of African American, young and college-educated voters who favored Obama in 2008.
“We’ve never stopped building the grass-roots campaign that we started in 2008,” said Jeremy Bird, Obama’s national field director. “We all know, and we’ve said from the beginning, that this will be a close election, and our grass-roots organization is going to make the difference.”
Polls show a narrow race in Florida, where Obama is set to campaign Thursday, and in Virginia, where GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan was scheduled to appear the same day.