This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:


Virginia: Obama 51 (50)  Romney 46 (46)
Wisconsin: Obama 50 (51) Romney 47 (45)
Colorado: Romney 48 (47) Obama 47 (48)

(Previous results from mid-Sept in brackets)


Fantastic result in Virginia.  The other two are meh, but not horrible.  Wisconsin seems to always react to events and then fall back in line.  Colorado has swung wildly this election season-not a lot of consistent polling there...

Digging a bit deeper, none of the samples are tilted significantly towards President Obama...

Colorado:  Rep 29-27
Virginia:    Dem 31-28
Wisconsin: Dem 31-27

Main theme seems to be that impressions of Romney inched up following the debate, but not a lot of voters changed their minds in the horserace,,,


Poll in the field Oct 4-9-Thursday through Tuesday.  So it includes the two awful days after the debate and does not include any pre-debate samples.  All things considering, these are nice results, especially when taken with the Marist polls.

SO TAKE A DEEP BREATH!  The state polling has generally held up well, and we've got some good results now from excellent pollsters.  Romney hasn't broken ahead in any key states.  The best he can claim is a dead heat in Florida and Colorado.


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)


Your Email has been sent.