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A Romney pollster called President Obama's convention bounce a "sugar high."
Poll numbers from over the weekend showed that President Barack Obama enjoyed a modest post-convention bounce, but Mitt Romney's pollster and senior strategist, Neil Newhouse, called them a "sugar high," according to The Washington Post.
The results from a Gallup survey and a Rasmussen poll done over the weekend showed that Obama went from tying with Romney's poll numbers to leading him by 5 and 4 percentage points, respectively, according to The Huffington Post.
Newhouse sent reporters a memo, saying, "Don’t get too worked up about the latest polling," according to The Post. "While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar-high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly. The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama Presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race."
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The New York Times noted that the memo shows Romney's campaign on the defensive, as it tries to pull attention back to the struggling economy. "The key numbers in this election are the 43 straight months of 8 percent or higher unemployment, the 23 million Americans struggling to find work, and the 47 million Americans who are on food stamps," wrote Newhouse, according to The Times.
Meanwhile, Romney headed to Ohio as monthly figures showed that Obama's campaign exceeded Romney's in fundraising last month, for the first time since April, CNN noted. However, the Obama campaign didn't celebrate the numbers, warning that Romney would have "an even bigger September."
"But now we know we can match them, doing this our way," said a tweet from Obama's campaign, according to CNN.
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