Mitt Romney is receiving a small bounce from the GOP convention, and is now polling ahead of Democrat Barack Obama.
Obama and the former Massachusetts governor have been running neck-and-neck for the past couple of months, but a new survey from Rasmussen Reports indicates that Mitt now owns a four-point edge.
The numbers will continue to fluctuate over the next couple of months, but an incumbent president like Obama should be winning the contest handily. Indeed, it's a testament to how poorly the Democrat has performed in office, that Mitt is even in the race. Perhaps voters have become disillusioned with the change Obama was wrought.
According to Rasmussen's daily tracking survey, the Republican candidate is supported by likely voters by a 48-to-44 percent margin. These numbers represent a six-point swing in the Republican's direction. Gallup, meanwhile, is giving Mitt a one-point advantage.
The question is whether Romney can turn this momentum into a win in November. It's always preferable to start the final stretch on an upswing.
The average convention boost is about four or five points, so Romney's is fairly typical. The Republican convention was held last week in Tampa, and the Democrats are currently in Charlotte.