Debate fallout for Democrats after presidential debate - FOX 32 News Chicago

Debate fallout for Democrats after presidential debate

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Most people who watched Wednesday night's presidential debate say Mitt Romney beat President Obama.

There are some surprising new poll numbers that show the President could also be having some problems in three hotly contested suburban congressional districts.

President Obama won each district by big margins four years ago, with about 60% of the vote. Democrats down ballot are counting on him to do it again. But, in two of them, he was under 50% before his poor performance last night. Democratic congressional candidates are sweating.

Tammy Duckworth just went up with her first attack ad.

"She'll be a bipartisan voice," the ad says of Duckworth. "He's been an uncompromising voice of the tea party," it declares about Walsh.

While Republican Congressman Joe Walsh complained about Democrat Tammy Duckworth's new ad -- he said he would not vote to raise taxes on the middle-class -- Walsh said the fact it's on the air showed his opponent is "desperate."

Duckworth did have a 6% lead over Walsh in a voter opinion survey taken Wednesday night. But that's almost within the margin of error, and clear Democrats should not be taking the Chicago suburbs for granted.

Next door to Duckworth and Walsh, in the 10th District North Suburbs, President Obama's 46.5% puts him in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney's 45.3%, according to pollster ‘We Ask America.'

The President's stronger in the 11th District Southwest Suburbs, leading 49.5% to Romney's 42.4%, but that's far short of the landslide by which he won in 2008.

Those numbers come from surveys completed Wednesday night before the big debate. An astounding 67.2 million viewers tuned into watch--an increase of 28% over the first debate of the presidential campaign four years ago. One national pollster told Fox Chicago that Romney's numbers were "jumping everwhere we're calling," including in the crucial swing states of Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

Both campaigns released new, post-debate attack ads Thursday.

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