Virginia-based outlet Politico declares Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney a "man of constant sorrow." Alexander Burns writes:

"Mitt Romney has become the 2012 election’s man of constant sorrow.

"Since the beginning of the summer, the GOP presidential nominee has suffered from a seemingly endless stream of missteps and distractions, ranging from personal screw-ups to staffing flubs, to the supernatural hindrance of a hurricane during the Republican National Convention."

In other news, a Gallup/USA Today poll finds the race is very close.

"A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of Swing States, completed Monday night, shows Romney lagging President Obama by only 2 percentage points, 48%-46%, well within the survey's margin of error and a point closer than their contest last month. Nationwide, Obama's bounce from the Democratic National Convention is dissipating: The president now leads across the country in the Gallup Poll by a single point, 47%-46%," USA Today reports.

And, likewise, a Rasmussen poll of swing states finds the election to be very close:

In the 11 swing states, Mitt Romney earns 47% of the vote, and the president is supported by 46%. Three percent (3%) are not sure, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

In 2008, Obama won these states by a combined margin of 53% to 46%, virtually identical to his national margin.

This is the fourth day in a row that Romney has posted a slight lead after the president’s convention bounce put him ahead for several days. The race in the swing states is now back to where it was at the beginning of the month.

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