WASHINGTON — The surprisingly strong debate performance by Republican nominee Mitt Romney against President Barack Obama last week has resulted in a dramatic tightening in the presidential race, according to tracking surveys conducted since Wednesday.

On Monday morning the Gallup organization reported that on three days of calling after the debate, their daily tracking survey finds Romney and Obama tied with 47 percent of the vote each among registered voters nationwide. Gallup showed Obama leading Romney by 5 percentage points (50 percent to 45 percent) in interviews conducted in the three days prior to the debate.

Gallup typically reports findings from their presidential preference question on a seven-day rolling average, and their latest such average gives Obama a 3-point advantage (49 percent to 46 percent).

Mitt Romney closes gap in post-debate Presidential polls
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