A weak September jobs report on Friday could put another dent into President Obama’s reelection campaign less than two days after a bruising debate over the nation’s ailing economy.

Analysts estimate that the economy added 115,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point.

Worse-than-expected figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics could provide another boost for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign.

But better numbers could steer some momentum, even if only for a day, back toward Obama’s camp, which has been leading the polls nationwide and showing solid gains across key battleground states such as Ohio and Florida.