Mitt Romney’s commanding performance in Wednesday night’s first presidential debate has started to yield results.
The Republican candidate has raised $12million in online donations over the last couple of days, and has also received a two point boost in the respected Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
The news comes as Barack Obama’s lacklustre showing continues to be mocked by top comedians – even those who are strong supporters of the President.
The poll shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 47%.
In addition, Mr Romney’s campaign took in a donation haul of $12million via his website in just 48 hours after the conclusion of the debate in Denver, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The bump in fundraising was even bigger than those recorded after the announcement of Paul Ryan as Mr Romney’s running mate and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Mr Obama’s healthcare law.
In addition, 60 per cent of those donating online had never given money to the campaign before.
The increase in small contributions from first-time donors is a significant change for Mr Romney’s campaign.
The former governor of Massachusetts has previously relied more on large donations from wealthy supporters, in contrast to Mr Obama’s grassroots network of givers.