Rasmussen’s polls show the race tightening. In their numbers from yesterday, Romney trailed John McCain by five points. Today, he trails by only two. In the WHDH/Suffolk tracking poll, Romney is up three. Last Wednesday, the day before Iowa, WHDH/Suffolk had McCain up nine. That’s a net twelve point pick up for the purportedly beleaguered Romney. Not that we should care, but Zogby shows Romney picking up a net five points over the weekend and leading by a point today.
Iowa was supposed to presage a McCain rout in New Hampshire. But the polls tell a different story. Mason-Dixon released a poll today showing McCain with an eight point lead, the senator’s best showing in any poll; half of the poll was conducted before Iowa. In other words, even the poll that shows McCain’s biggest lead buttresses the notion that post-Iowa, the race has tightened.
So what gives? The media narrative coming out of Iowa was that the results there fatally wounded Mitt Romney, and that John McCain would run away with New Hampshire like a maverick freight train. Instead, his momentum has apparently stalled.
The Weekly Standard has the scoop.