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By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
Despite polls that show President Obama getting a bounce from post-convention polls, Mitt Romney's campaign is playing down those numbers.
"Don't get too worked up about the latest polling," writes Romney pollster Neil Newhouse in a memo today. "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."
The Gallup Poll yesterday showed Obama leading Romney by 5 percentage points, while surveys by Reuters/Ispos and Rasmussen had the president up by 4 points.
In his "State of the Race" memo, Newhouse argues that there are three sets of numbers that will ultimately affect the way people will vote in November: unemployment trends, how many Americans are looking for work, and how many are on food stamps.
"President Obama is the only president in modern American history to stand before the American people asking for re-election with this many Americans struggling to find work," Newhouse writes. "The key numbers in this election are the 43 straight months of 8% or higher unemployment, the 23 million Americans struggling to find work, and the 47 million Americans who are on food stamps."