Democrats gather for their presidential nominating convention a week from Monday. Republicans convene the following week.
Meanwhile, the race between the parties' candidates is also closing in.
A new survey from the Pew Research Center this week shows Democrat Barack Obama's eight percent lead over Republican John McCain is now down to three percent. That's a statistical tie.
Analyst Steven Stark is covering the presidential race for the Boston Phoenix and RealClearPolitics.com. He says the close contest shouldn't come as a surprise.
This program aired on August 15, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.