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Don’t panic about Obama election edge: Romney camp

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 15:41

Washington: Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s camp released a memo from its internal pollster, telling supporters not to panic about the latest polls, which led some to speculate that Romney’s advisers are panicking.

“Don`t get too worked up about the latest polling,” Romney’s internal pollster Neil Newhouse sent a memo to supporters over President Barack Obama’s edge in post-convention surveys.

“While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar-high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly,” he said.
“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 New York Daily News quoted Newhouse, as saying.

According to the report, political analysts and the media immediately expressed scepticism over Newhouse’s memo.

Political analyst Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia agreed in a tweet said that convention bounces “don’t usually last and are more like artificial sweeteners than sugar”.

“But if you don’t get [one], there’s a problem,” he added.

Josh Putnam, a visiting assistant professor of political science at Davidson College, suggested that the Romney campaign is grasping for good news.

“The Romney campaign polling memo from Newhouse feels a lot like some of those March/April memos from [former Republican candidate Rick] Santorum regarding delegate math,” Putnam tweeted.

“Don’t know that it is nearly so bad for Team Romney, but it is in the same ballpark,” he said.


First Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 15:41

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