FISHERSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Wednesday was a big night for Mitt Romney and he is working hard to keep the momentum going.
Romney's performance in the first presidential debate is being considered a potential opportunity for him to turn his campaign around. His chances of unseating Barack Obama have been re-energized and that was on display Thursday night in Fishersville.
It had all the trappings of a victory party, complete with a country music star. Trace Adkins warmed the crowd up, and the GOP nominee rolled into Virginia prepared to reset his campaign.
"We are taking back this country together, you know that?" Romney asked.
Romney, and running mate Paul Ryan, drew an enormous crowd. It was so big it backed up traffic on local highways for three miles. The GOP presidential nominee promised to capitalize on the newly found energy.
"I will keep this country strong, with your help we are taking back the White House, we are going all the way to Washington," Romney said. "Paul Ryan and I are going to get this country back on track."
But while Romney has had one good night, President Barack Obama has been in control of this election. Obama, still leading in the polls, seemed to shake off his poor debate performance. In two separate swing-state rallies, he poked at fun at Romney's plan to cut the federal subsidy to PBS.
"Thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on Big Bird!" he joked. "Who knew he was responsible for all these deficits. Elmo's gotta watch out!"
And now the race begins a new, 34 days until voters go to the polls.
Friday both candidates will be in Virginia. Obama is scheduled to speak in Fairfax, while Romney is scheduled to speak in Abingdon. The debate could be ancient history by then, as a new jobs report could dominate the talk on the trail.