Obama vs Romney Polls: as Obama Opens Lead in Swing States is Make or Break for Romney

Maybe the 47% gaffe is a blessing in disguise for Romney, or not. But, with less than 50 days to Election Day, the former CEO of Bain Capital needs to buckle up once and for all and give it all he's got to his last shot to defeat President Barack Obama -- after nearly squandering the opportunity to unseat an incumbent president with high unemployment, one gaffe at a time. 

And though most national polls still show a close race between Obama and his Republican challenger, surveys in the swing states are starting to trend in favor of the president, despite an August dismal jobs report that showed the economy barely created 96,000 jobs that month. 

So, if the Romney/Ryan ticket is to stand a chance against Obama/Biden in November 4, the former Governor of Massachusetts needs to put all the gaffes and media brouhaha behind -- all of it; the 47% silly remark, the "if I were Mexican" nonsense, etc. -- and focus on taking a final stand (and stick to it). It's buckle up time Mr. Governor and, judging by the following numbers, you have your work pretty much cut out for you:

1. Florida:

Most Recent Poll: Obama 49%, Romney 44%

RCP Average: Obama 48.0%, Romney 46.0%

2. Ohio:

Most Recent Poll: Obama 49%, Romney 42%

RCP Average: Obama 48.6%, Romney 43.8%

3. Virginia:

Most Recent Poll: Obama 50%, Romney 43%

RCP Average: Obama 50.2%, Romney 45.5%

4. North Carolina:

Most Recent Poll: Romney 49%, Obama 48% (PPP 9/9)

RCP Average: Romney 49.8%, Obama 45.0%

5. Colorado:

Most Recent Poll: Romney 47%, Obama 45% (Rasmussen 9/17)

RCP Average: Obama 47.3%, Romney 46.0%

6. Iowa:

Most Recent Poll: Romney 47%, Obama 45% (PPP 8/26)

RCP Average: Obama 45.0%, Romney 44.8%

7. Nevada:

Most Recent Poll: Obama 50%, Romney 47% (PPP 8/26)

RCP Average: Obama 49.0%, Romney 45.7%

8. Wisconsin:

Most Recent Poll: Obama 54%, Romney 40% 

RCP Average: Obama 50.7%, Romney 44.3%

9. Michigan:

Most Recent Poll: Obama 52%, Romney 44% 

RCP Average: Obama 48.3%, Romney 41.8%

10. Pennsylvania: 

Most Recent Poll: Obama 50%, Romney 41% 

RCP Average: Obama 49.0%, Romney 41.7%