Democratic strategist Doug Hattaway said Romney "did fine, as expected. But fine doesn't get the job done." He said Romney failed to "change the dynamics of the race."
With a month remaining until the election, and early voting under way in many states, Republican partisans hope Hattaway is wrong.
Associated Press writer Allen Breed in Raleigh, N.C., contributed to this report.
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