Both Democrats and Republicans say internal campaign surveys after last week’s debate show Romney cut into the lead Obama had built up in many key battleground states. But they say Obama still has an advantage in most of them.
A lack of independent polling makes it difficult to know whether that’s true. Romney pulled ahead of Obama, 49 to 45 percent nationally, among likely voters in a Pew Research Center poll conducted after the debate.
TV-watching voters in the contested states continued to get inundated with negative ads from both sides.
‘‘He doesn’t have anything to run on so he’s running all of these ads, outspending us here in Ohio trying to basically call us liars,’’ Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told WTOL, a TV station in Toledo, Ohio.
Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden debate Thursday in Kentucky.
Peoples reported from Newport News, Va. Associated Press writers Nedra Pickler, Jim Kuhnhenn, David Espo and Julie Pace in Washington and Ann Sanner in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.