With just over three weeks to go, President Obama finds himself in a very unfamiliar position. He is losing in many national and state polls. In fact, this week, Romney pulled ahead in the widely-cited RealClearPolitics average of polls. He leads Obama by just over 1% in the index. Its a stunning reversal from October 2008, when Obama enjoyed clear leads in every national poll conducted that month.

The last time any poll should McCain with a lead was toward the end of September.

Of the 33 polls included in the RCP Average for October 2004, John Kerry only showed a lead in 4. Two others showed the race tied. Bush led in every other October poll and always led in the RCP Average.

Two Presidents running for reelection. They are from two different parties, but they had one thing in common, they never trailed in the RCP Average in October.

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