Now that the sugar high period of the post-Debate has passed, Mitt Romney has barely managed to slim the race despite to the historic proximity of his performance's reception.
Gallup reported today that from every debate-reaction poll the organization has conducted, the GOP nominee's 52-point lead was the largest they've ever measured; previously it was 42 points in favor of Bill Clinton over George H.W. Bush during the 1992 town hall debate.
However, The Martinez Report Weighted Presidential Index shows that President Barack Obama's lead over Romney slimmed ever-so-slightly by 1.18 points to 4.34 points in favor of the incumbent from last week's 5.52 points.
According to the cross-tabs from the Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll done conducted prior to the debate and the most recent, the president gained 13 points of support from self-identified independents, while the former Massachusetts governor lost six points making the spread five points in the favor of Mr. Romney. However, he managed to garner an additional four points in Republican support.
Data from the POLITICO/George Washington University surveys at similar points in history show a similar trend, with Mr. Obama losing one point in strong favorability and losing one point in "probably favorability." For Mr. Romney, he gained a point each in the categories of "definitely" and "probably," which seems to have made the amount of undecideds downtick by one point.
Of course, polls are extremely malleable at this point due to the shock that was the Democratic incumbent getting bested by his opponent. Thursday's vice presidential debate will be a mini-me version of next week's town hall debate where the stakes are raised even further.
It's not sensible to invest in these numbers, despite InTrade's --the monetary social network known for its crowd-sourced election forecasting-- fluctuations. Right now it's just speculation.
These are waves, but it's essentially still high tide. Low tide begins next week and that's when waves like Wednesday's will make a lot more of a solidified difference.
12:13 PM PT: NOTE: After recalculating and using only post-debate data, Obama's lead is a slightly smaller 3.19 points. Still, the notion stands that Romney didn't provide THAT much of a bounce. There are two more debates and a lot more could change...