Washington Daybook: Comebacks

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Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos reacts to a touchdown in front of Peyton Manning #18 to trail the San Diego Chargers 24-21 during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Broncos won 35-24.

Epic comebacks are becoming old hat.

Last week, the San Francisco Giants baseball club lost two games at home before winning three on the road to take a playoff series against the Cincinnati Reds. On Friday, The St. Louis Cardinals were down to their last strike — twice — before staging a rally in the ninth inning to stun the Washington Nationals. And last night, the Denver Broncos football team overcame a 24-0 deficit at halftime to beat the San Diego Chargers 35-24.

Republican Mitt Romney, who trailed badly in most polls before his strong debate performance in Denver on Oct. 3, has drawn almost even with President Barack Obama since then. He hopes to continue the streak tonight at 9 pm EDT when the men face off again at Hofstra University in New York. Romney has closed to within four points of Obama among likely voters in Pennsylvania, narrowing a 12-point gap less than a month ago, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out today.

Energy prices also are staging a comeback, with gasoline prices once again approaching $4 a gallon in the Washington area. The cost of living in the U.S. probably rose in September for a second month as a jump in energy expenses overshadowed smaller gains in other goods and services, economists said before a report from the Labor Department due out this morning.

Bloomberg Government is hosting a breakfast seminar on the “Political Realities of Energy,” exploring the effect of elections on the energy landscape. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce an investment for the Northeast U.S. to “help advance the nation’s biofuels industry toward developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs, and decreasing America’s dependence on foreign oil” at 10:30 a.m.

Also today, Vice President Joe Biden attends funeral services for the late Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, longtime former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in a historic landslide 40 years ago, has moved into hospice care near his home in South Dakota, his family said Monday.

“He’s coming to the end of his life,” his daughter, Ann McGovern, told The Associated Press. She declined to elaborate but noted that her 90-year-old father has suffered several health problems in the last year.

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