Inside the numbers: has the race changed?

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What really matters when it comes to who will be the next President of the United Stated? Is it Foreign Policy? The Economy? Job Numbers? Gas Prices?  Or something completely different? With 29 days to go until election day we are zoning in on the real issues as voters enter the election booth on Tuesday November 6th. Is there an event or a series of events that shapes a person’s mind to help them determine who they want to lead the country for the next 4 years?

While the debates are important, can they really erase months of campaigning? If President Obama doesn’t step it up at Hofstra on October 16th and Romney wins again can someone say with certainty that the election is over? President Obama went into last week’s debate with a 5 point lead in the Gallup Tracking poll, but now that same poll shows they are tied at 47%. Does that mean the debates really sway people?  Or is your decision already made up by October?

Could it be that the new unemployment number of 7.8%, a four year low, which is the same as when President Obama took office, is helping the President stay ahead in polls?

These are just some of the possible questions that could be going through people’s minds as we each zone in on the real issues facing us before we cast our vote.

However, as each candidate gears up for the next 29 days of campaigning we will continue to see more ads released, especially in the swing states. Team Obama has raised $327 million while Team Romney has raised $392 million with each continuing the fundraising battle until the bitter end. During today’s show Politico’s Senior Washington Correspondent, Jonathan Allen, joined the show to help us answer these questions.

But, the real question we all need to be asking ourselves as we gear up for Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate is how factual are the polling numbers? As each candidate is trying to spin the numbers in their favor, 72% who watched last week’s debate believe Romney won the debate. But will that help him come election day? Nate Cohn, Staff Writer at The New Republic joined the conversation during today’s guest spot to help the Cyclists crunch the numbers and understand if the bounce Romney got from last week’s debate will really last.

Take a look at what he had to say.

Inside the numbers: has the race changed?

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