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President Barack Obama raised more money in August than Mitt Romney did, outpacing him for the first time since the spring and adding to a sense in both parties that Obama is entering the post-convention sprint to Election Day in a slightly stronger position, leaving Romney with less than two months to change that dynamic.

The first post-convention poll by a major news organization, from CNN and ORC International, showed Obama with a slight gain, 52 to 46 percent, over Romney, within the poll’s margin of sampling error.

With some nervousness apparent among Republicans, Romney’s campaign rushed out a memo Monday stating that any post-convention polling lift for Obama was “a sugar high” that would not last the next few weeks, let alone to Election Day.