October 23, 2012, 2:52 PM
The two most closely followed daily polls of the presidential race appear to be converging to show Mitt Romney with modest but stable lead as the election heads into the homestretch.
Gallup has shown Romney with a 5-7 point lead over President Obama for the past two weeks, based on its rolling seven-day average. On Tuesday, Romney held a 51% to 46% edge. See latest Gallup poll.
The Gallup poll has been dismissed by Democrats and even some independent political analysts as an aberration because other surveys show a much tighter, even deadlocked, race.
Yet another tracking poll, Rasmussen Reports, said on Tuesday that Romney increased his lead to 50% to 46% in its latest three-day rolling average. Excluding convention bounces, that’s the biggest lead either candidate has held “in months,” Rasmussen said. See Rasmussen poll.