President Obama is expected to receive a bump in the polls following the killing of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, and even Republican strategists concede that the president’s leadership of the plan to kill the terrorist will boostÂ Obama’s re-election chances.
“I would expect to see an increase in President Obama’s support Tuesday,” said Frank Newport, editor in chief for Gallup. “But I do not expect this to do much in the way of reshaping the race.”
“It is definitively a positive for President Obama,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist not affiliated with any GOP presidential campaign. “Any attempts (by GOP candidates) to diminish this would not be advised.
“But we are so far away from Election Day 2012,” O’Connell said. “And another (terrorist attack) could lessen the impact of this.”