I don't really take the polls too seriously at this point, but I must admit I expected to see an Obama bounce, coming off his foreign tour. Given the almost unprecedented news coverage, McCain relegated to an afterthought, it seemed entirely reasonable that Obama would benefit. The media fawned, the "rock star" at the top of the charts, under normal circumstances, it would seem a win/win for Barack.
With that in mind, I can't help but notice that the RCP tracking average today, now has the race the closest it has been since the beginning of June. Also, the two daily outfits, Gallup and Rasmussen, both show an Obama uptick during the tour, which quickly faded, the race tightening. I find that strange, given the little negative feedback for Obama, plus the fact McCain can't seem to get any traction.
What the numbers do suggest, Obama's foreign tour amounted to little in the end, which wasn't quite the plan. Now, I'm not getting excited, and I fully realize the state polls (although they get OUTDATED very quickly, with the infrequent findings), but a noteworthy development, that suggests this race is still wide open, a Democrat never a sure thing, no matter the circumstances.