The political home stretch

Updated
By The Cycle Staff

Both conventions have officially come to a close so it is now time for The Cycle to put their entire focus on the  next 8 weeks until election day.

After the Democratic National Convention President Obama received a big bump in the polls. President Obama is at a 50% approval rating and up 5 points since prior to the DNC. According the latest Gallup Daily Tracking poll President Obama is at 49% and Mitt Romney is at 44%. The last time he had a 5 point margin over Mitt Romney was July 1, making this bump a huge gain for President Obama. However, it is important to keep in mind these numbers do not reflect Friday’s news that a mere 96,000 jobs were added last month.  So is President Obama heading for another dip in the polls.

Politico’s Ken Vogel joined the conversation to discuss the recent surge for President Obama and to explain just how important Ohio is to Mitt Romney, since no Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio. 

The political home stretch

Updated