Presidential contenders John McCain and Barack Obama are neck and neck in how many television viewers they drew on their big night.
On Thursday McCain drew in 38.9 million viewers on major stations and 3.5 million on PBS for his party's nomination acceptance speech. That compares with last week when Obama raked in 38.4 million viewers on commercial networks and another 4 million on PBS, for his speech during the Democratic National Convention.
Alone, the candidates were tied at 42.4 million total viewers. But add Gov. Sarah Palin to the equation, and the Republicans inch ahead for the win.
Trying to turn that lead into real votes, McCain and Palin hit the campaign trail, just one day after the GOP convention came to an end.
The pair were in the small town of Cedarburg, Wisc., Friday. There, John McCain spoke about the economy, saying there were "tough times all over America."
"My friends, a little straight talk, a little straight talk," McCain said. They're tough times in Wisconsin, they're tough times in Ohio, tough times all over America."
"Change is coming, change is coming," McCain promised.
Meanwhile, Obama spent time in Pennsylvania where he criticized his opponent for avoiding the issues.
"If you watched the Republican National Convention over the last three days, you wouldn't know that we have the highest unemployment in five years because they didn't say a thing about what is going on with the middle class," he told a group of factory glass workers.
Sen. Hillary Clinton also will be campaigning for Obama this coming week. McCain and Palin will be in Colorado and New Mexico this weekend before campaigning separately.
Source: The Associated Press