Washington Daybook: Swing States

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Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University.

Both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney will claim victories in debate today as they and their surrogates attend rallies in the swing states of Iowa, Ohio and Virginia. Expect the frenetic campaign pace to continue through the weekend leading up to Monday’s final presidential debate showdown in Baco Raton, Florida.

Needing a strong performance to stem Romney’s surge in the polls with less than three weeks to go before Election Day, Obama delivered in last night’s debate at Hofstra University in New York, though it was far from a knock-out blow.

Forty-six percent of those surveyed by CNN said Obama fared better in the debate, compared with 39 percent for Romney. The poll found 73 percent saying Obama’s performance exceeded expectations, compared with 37 percent who said Romney did better than expected.

Speaking of expectations, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey faces stronger competition than he may have expected more than a year before the next state elections. Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker trails the first-term Republican governor by four percentage points in ` theoretical 2013 matchup, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out today.

Also today, the Securities and Exchange Commission meets to consider whether to propose capital, margin and segregation requirements for security-based swap dealers. Northrop Grumman briefs the media on its new unmanned ground vehicles for first responders and the military at the National Press Club. And Heather Zichal, the top White House aide for energy and climate, joins a roundtable discussion on natural gas at an American Council on Renewable Energy.

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