Echoing a memo from Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney's campaign pollster, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan dismissed recent polls showing President Obama in the lead as a “sugar high” from the Democratic National Convention that is already dissipating.

"This is a close race," he told members of the conservative media, including the Post's Right Turn. He added that the Republican ticket had been "carpet-bombed" with negative ads, "and we're still tied!"

Obama's campaign has spent far more so far on ads than Romney's has, but conservative super PACs have helped close the gap.