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RNC ends, McCain’s poll numbers surge

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by Jackie Vega   |   KXAN News

AUSTIN (KXAN) - McCain’s “Straight Talk Express” is chugging along. The excitement from the Republican National Convention is putting him on the fast track when it comes to the race for the White House. A recent USA Today poll shows McCain gained 11 points since before the Republican National Convention, putting him four points ahead of Barack Obama.

“It does excite me from the standpoint that it got a lot of people talking,” said Austin voter Karen Shopoff Rooff.

Shopoff Rooff is that independent voter both candidates are trying to court. Before the RNC, Shopoff Roof was still trying to piece together her opinion on the race. She has since made up her mind.

“What got me excited about him is that he’s a very moderate Republican,” she said. “I think adding Palin pulls the ticket further to the right than what I’m looking for right now.”

While Palin’s speech may have turned Rooff away from the party, it seems to have had the opposite effect on thousands of other voters. Marc DelSignore, an opinion researcher with Baselice and Associates, said while a bump is typical after a convention, McCain’s is above the norm. McCain gained more momentum after the Republican National Convention than Obama did after the Democratic National Convention. Obama only went up about six points. However, even with the new numbers and McCain’s new lead, DelSignore said there is still a long way to go.

“Things will probably settle back down somewhere into a much closer race sometime next week,” he said. “They will probably be within two to four points of each other when it’s all said and done.”

The point of polls is that they give the campaigns an idea of what those independents like Rooff are thinking as the candidates try to forge full steam ahead.



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