Could Condoleezza Rice help Mitt Romney win the election?

Two new polls show that as Romney’s running mate, the former secretary of state, would help him close the gap both nationally and in Pennsylvania, moving him up 4 and 6 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Sen. Rob Portman’s state GOP chairman says his guy would do the same in Ohio, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gets a little on-the-record love from Romney’s top vice presidential adviser.

It’s all in our weekly installment of who’s up and who’s down in the veepstakes...

And here are some of the best reads on the veepstakes this week:

Republicans look beyond Rubio to woo Latinos” — Jordan Fabian, Univision

Jeb Bush wants Rubio for VP” — Brendan Farrington, AP

Romney’s Veepstakes: Searching for Mr. (or Ms.) Right” — Gwen Ifill, National Journal