After four days in Tampa nominating their partys presidential and vice presidential candidates, and assailing the current Democratic president what impact will the GOP national convention have on the November election?
Not much, according to history.
Historically, the Republican nominee gets a five-percentage-point boost from his partys convention, according to the Gallup organization. Sure, a five-point bump would be nice now for Mitt Romney, virtually tied in public opinion surveys with Barack Obama. But, according to Gallup, the Democratic nominee historically gets a six-percentage-point bump from his partys convention.
In other words, at the end of next weeks Democratic convention, the race still should be inside the margin of error.
Coming Sunday and next week in The State and here, online
Democratic delegates will be pouring into Charlotte over the weekend for their partys convention, and State reporters Adam Beam and Andy Shain will be there. Daily coverage starts in Sundays State and on thestate.com with a look at the economic impact of the convention only 90 miles from Columbia on South Carolina.