CNN reports Obama now up by 6. Nice, but not surprising given the other stuff we’ve seen. What’s especially nice is that the conventions seems to have reversed the “enthusiasm gap,” which now favors the Democrats. In fact, to my non-professional eye, it seems as if all the movement has been in enthusiasm rather than persuasion; Obama’s lead among registered voters barely budged, while his lead among likely voters jumped. The two now virtually coincide. [UPDATE: Romney voters split evenly between those who say they’re voting for Romney and those who say they’re voting against Obama. Obama voters report they’re voting for Obama rather than against Romney by 3:1. Does anyone know whether this is typical of re-election campaigns; e.g., what were the comparable Bush-Kerry numbers in 2004, or Clinton-Dole numbers in 1996?]
That could matter a lot for down-ballot races; Republicans staying home won’t vote for Senate and House candidates. It’s still barely possible that the Dems could take back the House and hold the Senate. I’m with Jon; good time to write a check to your favorite candidate or committee in the races where money is still likely to be crucial.
Footnote If the best happens, we’ll see whether the holders of marginal seats repeat the suicidal move of trying to preseve themselves at the expense of the party, or whether they learn Franklin’s lesson about hanging together.