With just five weeks remaining until Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a make-or-break week that includes not only the first debate but a bevy of important economic data that could sway voters.

On Wednesday, the same day as the first debate between Romney and President Obama, the first big preview of Friday’s non-farm payrolls report will come with the release of the ADP jobs report.

Then, on Friday, will come the last best snapshot of the economy before Election Day, the September Jobs Report.

Without any presidential gaffes or a major scandal, these numbers could provide Romney with his best shot at closing what is growing electoral barrier to victory for the Republican.

Obama is within reach of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a second term, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Romney’s path to victory is narrowing.

To overtake Obama, Romney would need to quickly gain the upper hand in nearly all of the nine states where he and Obama are competing the hardest.