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The Obama-Biden ticket got a bounce in the polls after the Democratic convention and the McCain-Palin ticket got a bigger bounce after the Republican convention. What are the polls telling us? Are voters really changing their minds from week to week or even speech to speech? With the candidates running a virtual tie in the national polls, what are state polls telling them about the route to victory in the Electoral College? Also, President Bush will keep troop levels steady in Iraq through remainder of his term, and Tom Brady, the leader of New England's Superbowl dream team is sidelined for the season. Lawrence O'Donnell

guest hosts.

 

Today's WWLA is an edited version of this morning's To the Point.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal

Main Topic As the Conventions End, a State-by-State Battle Begins 18 MIN, 7 SEC
The Obama-Biden ticket got a bounce in the polls after the Democratic convention and the McCain-Palin ticket got a bigger bounce after the Republican convention. But the latest national polls indicate a virtual tie in the presidential race. Today's Washington Post poll shows Barack Obama holding 47% of the vote to John McCain’s 46%. What do the polls tell us about how the race has changed since the conventions? Why do all the polls come up with different results? How do the poll results influence voters? What polls do the candidates use in deciding how to deploy their resources and chart the course to victory in the Electoral College?

Guests:
Marc Ambinder, The Week (@marcambinder)
Alan Abramowitz, Emory University
Nate Silver, New York Times
Stephen Koff, Washington Bureau Chief, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Damien Cave, New York Times (@damiencave)
David Yepsen, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute (@DavidYepsen)

Reporter's Notebook Tom Brady Out for 2008 Season 6 MIN, 11 SEC
Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to near perfection last season, winning every game except the Superbowl. This season, dreams of another undefeated season and a return to the Superbowl died a sudden death in the opening minutes of the first game, when the quarterback suffered an injury that will keep him off the field for the rest of the year. How is New England coping with the grief? Dan Shaughnessy is a veteran sports writer for the Boston Globe.

Guests:
Dan Shaughnessy, Sports Writer, Boston Globe

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