Poll shows Romney-Obama matchup largely unchanged after GOP convention

September 4, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* A new CNN/ORC International poll shows that coming out of the Republican National Convention, the head-to-head matchup between Mitt Romney and President Obama was largely unchanged. The race was about even (Obama led 49 percent to 47 percent) before the convention and remained so after it (Obama and Romney were tied at 48 percent). Romney's favorability rating did tick up from 50 percent to 53 percent post-convention, but more registered voters (46 percent) said they were less likely to vote for Romney than more likely (36 percent) to vote for him, following what they saw or read about the GOP convention.

* Obama and Vice President Biden will campaign in New Hampshire and Iowa on Friday, a day after the Democratic National Convention wraps up in Charlotte. On Saturday, the president will make a two-day swing through Florida, while Biden will head to Ohio. First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will also attend the Friday campaign events.

* Priorities USA Action, the super PAC supporting Obama, had its best fundraising month yet in August, hauling in $10 million.

* Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers (R) released his first TV ad, a 30-second spot that touts his business acumen. "In the Senate, Charlie Summers will vote to cut spending, repeal Obamacare and help small businesses create jobs," the ad says. Summers is a sizable underdog against independent former governor Angus King in the race.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* Another Democratic convention delegate has made a Nazi reference. Pat Lehman, a delegate from Kansas, said of Republicans' contention that voter ID laws are meant to combat fraud: “It’s like Hitler said, if you’re going to tell a lie, tell a big lie, and if you tell it often enough and say it in a loud enough voice, some people are going to believe you." On Monday, California Democratic Chairman John Burton said of Republican dishonesty: “They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie ... Joseph Goebbels – it’s the big lie, you keep repeating it.”

* Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) released a new TV ad in which he pitches himself as tough on China. "I brought Democrats and Republicans together to pass tariffs on China. Now, we can level the playing field for American workers," Brown says in the ad.

* The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched three new independent expenditure ads. Two of the spots go after  Democrats – Reps. Ben Chandler (Ky.) and Mark Critz (Pa.) – while one helps freshman Republican Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) by going after his Democratic opponent.

* An Occupy protest blocked traffic near the convention site in Charlotte earlier Tuesday but has since ended. About 200 protesters marched to the convention site from a nearby encampment.

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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