8:03 am Oct. 10, 2012
Mitt Romney now leads the presidential race for the first time in the general election, according to the rolling average of national polls over at Real Clear Politics.
Romney's lead stands at 0.7 percent, after a 4.8 percent slide for President Obama in the last seven days.
Romney also gained ground in another model, Nate Silver's composite poll prediction, which now has him in the best position since the party's conventions.
Silver still has Obama projected to win the popular vote, but only by two points, the lowest projection of Obama since June 27. And Romney's overall chances have improved to 28.8 percent in Silver's forecast, the highest they've been since around the conventions.
While Silver says he's "ready to conclude that one night in Denver undid most of the advantage Mr. Obama had appeared to gain in September," he stops short of saying that the race is a toss-up, until Romney proves he can sustain the post-debate bounce.
Meanwhile, his wife is surging too.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Ann Romney's favorability ratings jumped 12 points between April and October. (Michelle Obama's held steady.)
Romney is scheduled to guest-host "Good Morning America" this morning.