1. PRESIDENTIAL RACE

    Poll: Obama Has 4-Point Lead

    Jim Watson / AFP

    With less than a week to go before the Republican National Convention kicks off—and almost three weeks after Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate—President Obama is ahead in the race for the White House, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll. Obama is leading Romney 48 percent to 44 percent, a slight change from the July poll which had Obama beating Romney by six points. In the 12 key battleground states, Obama leads Romney by just three points—a dip from the eight-point lead he enjoyed in the same sampling according to the June and July NBC/WSJ polls.

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