If only Mitt Romney could have convinced Congress to muster a law moving Election Day to September 1, there’s a very real chance he could have walked away with this contest.

As expected, the Republican convention was good for a small boost in Romney’s standing, bringing the race to a virtual tie in the polls. (Romney leads, well within the margin of error, for the first time since early August.) Now he has to hold that ground as attention turns to Charlotte.

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