Barack Obama breaths new life in campaign as he holds off Mitt Romney in Ohio
Barack Obama's hopes of reviving his flagging re-election campaign received a much-needed boost after a series of polls showed the president leading in the must-win battleground state of Ohio.
As both Mr Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney prepared for two crunch debates in New York and Florida in the coming week, a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey found Mr Obama with a five-point lead in Ohio, backing up polls last week from CNN and NBC that showed a similar lead.
"He can probably win the presidency without Ohio, but I wouldn't want to take the risk. No Republican has," the Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who has been campaigning frantically for Mr Romney in the state, told ABC News.
The Ohio polls make encouraging reading for Mr Obama who faces one of the sternest tests of his political career on Tuesday at the second presidential debate, when he will try to make up for his disastrous performance in the first contest in Denver ten days ago.
Aides promise that Mr Obama would be more aggressive when he meets Mr Romney, drawing a sharp contrast between their policies on tax, business and welfare...