itt Romney is riding a wave of momentum following a surprisingly strong debate last week against President Barack Obama, and has bolstered his standing among undecided voters. In the new poll from the Pew Research Center, the GOP challenger now leads the incumbent 49 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. A full 66 percent of registered voters say Romney did better than Obama in last Wednesday's debate, and the Republican nominee's favorability rating hit 50 percent among registered voters for the first time ever. Just a few weeks ago, Romney trailed Obama by a full eight percentage points following the now infamous 47-percent gaffe.
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