Mashable says the two candidates were nearly equal in online interest prior to the conventions. Romney's traffic rose during the RNC, but that was cut short by a huge spike in search queries for Obama following the DNC. Romney's traffic is on the rise again, but that's likely because of the controversial comments he made on hidden camera at a fundraiser.
Other interesting results? Obama's search interest advantage is essentially nationwide, with a few states, such as Utah, more interested in Romney than others. Environmental issues are currently the most searched-about election issue, followed by the economy, gun control and abortion.
The data comes from data analytics firm Chitika's new Presidential Candidate Interest Tracker. Chitika's data is taken from a variety of major search engines, including Google, Bing, Yahoo and others. It's based on advertising impression data collected through the Chitika Ad Network, which includes 4 billion targeted ads every month on a network of more than 200,000 websites.