Politico and George Washington University released data Monday morning that shows Romney leading Barack Obama, 48-47, in a national poll conducted between April 29 and May 3.
"(It's) a number well within the margin of error, as Republicans rapidly consolidate behind the likely GOP nominee," James Hohmann summarized for Politico. "The former Massachusetts governor has opened up a 10-point lead, 48 percent to 38 percent, among independents and a 6-point lead among those who describe themselves as 'extremely likely' to vote in November. Obama led Romney by 9 points overall in Politico's February poll."
Last week several polls showed the two candidates tied. "It simply cannot be any closer," the Deseret News' Eric Schulzke wrote Wednesday. "Three polls at the beginning of the week show a direct dead heat with the same numbers: 46 percent each. Pundits often talk of statistical dead heats, but rarely do you have multiple polls reporting an identical tie."