Post-debate polls strengthen Romney on Rove Electoral Map
By ANDREW MALCOLM
Posted 10:12 AM ET
Here is Karl Rove's commentary on the most recent week of state polls:
"There are three changes in this week's Electoral College map:
"Iowa moved from 'lean Obama' to 'toss up;'
"New Hampshire shifted from 'toss up' to lean Obama;'
"and New Mexico moved from 'lean Obama' to 'safe Obama.'
"This puts Barack Obama at 201 'safe' Electoral College votes with six 'lean' states (74 EC votes), and Mitt Romney at 156 'safe' EC votes with four 'lean' states (35 EC votes).
"There are five states (72 EC votes) virtually tied. Although they did not yet change status, polls conducted at the end of last week strengthened Mr. Romney's standing in Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, and Wisconsin.
"It is likely these states will tighten and continue to move in his direction, as new surveys are taken in the wake of his strong performance in last week's debate. "
Background: We launched a special new feature in this column in August. Now through election day we'll publish the famous electoral map of the presidential race designed and researched by veteran political strategist Karl Rove.
It is a custom-made 50 state-by-state breakdown of the race at this moment in time, based upon the latest polls from each state. (Scroll down for Rove's full methodology.)
This new feature comes thanks to special permission from Rove, whose website is Rove.com and Twitter handle is @KarlRove. We recommend following him and regularly checking his website, which contains a variety of information on the presidential contest, polls and other links, including his Wall Street Journal columns.