Obama’s people think he will pull it out. Romney’s aides see the possibility of a romp.

“We’re going to win,” said one of the former Massachusetts governor’s closest advisers. “Seriously, 305 electoral votes.”…

To many on Obama’s side, the battle shaping up is reminiscent of spring 2008, when Hillary Clinton’s growing late-in-the-game momentum was, eventually, stopped cold by the electoral math and Obama’s superior organization in critical states…

Democratic operatives familiar with internal swing-state polling and focus group studies tell POLITICO that the president’s miserable performance at the Oct. 3 debate in Denver led to a pro-Romney “environmental shift” that only began to abate late last week — a day or more after Obama’s much stronger performance at the second debate.