US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of President Barack Obama by one per cent in the race for the White House, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The challenger has enjoyed some momentum after his performance in the first presidential debate after a gaffe packed start to the campaign.
Romney has followed the president to the crucial swing state of Ohio.
So important do the Republicans consider Ohio that Romney plans to visit the state four times in two days in an attempt to claw back Obama’s five point lead there.
No Republican has ever got to the White House without winning in Ohio.
Both camps have spent most of their campaign time and money in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
Supporters of the incumbent are hoping a strong performance in the second televised debate will hand the initiative back to Obama ahead of the election on November 6th.