Ballot Box

Poll: Plurality says Biden had stronger debate performance

A plurality of voters said Vice President Biden did better than Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate on Thursday.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday afternoon, 42 percent said Biden had the better performance during the debate while 35 percent picked Ryan.

About one quarter of registered voters and one third of independents said they were unsure of who did better during the debate, the poll also found.


Dem poll: Rep. Barrow has narrow lead

Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) has a narrow lead in his reelection bid, according to a new Democratic poll, a sign he still has a fighting chance to return to Congress next year.

Barrow leads opponent Lee Anderson (R) by 48 to 45 percent in the poll, conducted for the Democratic outside group the House Majority PAC and provided to The Hill. A recent internal poll from Anderson's campaign had him up by 44 percent to 43.

The Democratic poll also has Mitt Romney leading President Obama by 57 to 39 percent in the district, which was redrawn by GOP lawmakers to be more heavily Republican and decrease Barrow's chances at reelection. The district would have given Obama 44 percent in 2008.

But while the new district is whiter and more conservative than the old one, Barrow has won races in tough districts before. Both his and Anderson's polls show this race isn't over yet, as does the heavy spending from outside groups on both sides of the aisle. The Hill rates this race "lean Republican."