msnbc | October 27, 2012
>>> a new poll. it shows president obama in the lead, 56 to 46%. here's one of mr. romney's biggest supporters.
>> i feel pressure in that way. if we don't win ohio , it's tough to think we'll win the national debate.
>> henry , let's talk about the ground game in ohio . who has the advantage?
>> it's tough to say at this point. the obama campaign never left after 2008 . they like to tell us that. they like to remind us of that. the romney campaign has been on the ground since the primary was over probably in april. they had a lot of catching up to do. they are stressing their door knocking capabilities. they've knocked on over a million doors in ohio . it's tough to say. the obama campaign has a superior ground game. they were heavily involved in a ballot issue a year ago. that was seen as a scrimmage for 2012 . and right now we're just waiting to see who's turning out the early vote fast enough.
>> but it seems like president obama has the sense there, that's what experts say. we just talked to michael mcdonald . it seems that way. do you think it's the thing that has enough with the wind at its back to carry him?
>> the early vote , yes. right now it seems in polls he's ahead. the one caveat is it's hard to look at data that's reliable because in ohio you don't really register as a democrat or as a republican. the state identifies you by which party's primary you voted in last. all the numbers that we're looking at here, they're skewed in a way because they're more nonpartisan voters than there are democrats or republicans. so even though we see perhaps more republicans are requesting ballots or they're returning them at a faster clip, that's not necessarily indicative of who's winning because of those nonpartisan voters, many might vote for obama and many democrats might have crossed over .
>> henry , real quickly. i'm sorry, we're running out of time . when it comes to what you write about mitt romney saying that his latest time on the campaign trail are like a high school football atmosphere. is he gaining in popularity by the size of his crowd?
>> i don't know if you could measure it by the size of his crowds. he's drawing bigger and it has this feel. it's a momentous thing.
>> henry gomez, i'm sorry we have to cut you short but we're out of time. thank you very much. we'll