Nail-biting time: Obama still leads in nine swing states
Analysts say that even if Romney gets top four, he will be short one vote
It's been a rough presidential election, and there's new tension in the
air: nine states could make or break the election for Republican nominee
Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Obama maintains his lead over
Mitt Romney, with 237 electoral votes in the Democratic column and 191
in the GOP one.
'President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class,' former U.S. President Bill Clinton says.
"Breaking down the nine toss-up states: One way to look at the nine toss-up states is in the likelihood of Romney being able to flip them from blue to red," NBC News reports. "Here's our list (from most likely to least likely):"
1. North Carolina
9. New Hampshire
Analysts point out that even if Mitt Romney were to capture the top four states in this list - it would only get him 250 electoral votes. "And if you give him the next two on the list, he's still one short of 270 (bringing us to that 269-269 tie)."
In order to succeed, Romney has to put one of Ohio, Wisconsin, or New Hampshire into the mix to get past 270.
While Romney landing 270 votes remains possible, "it's also a high-wire act. By the way, we were debating whether to put Wisconsin ahead of Ohio (given the polls below), but what wins out -- for now -- is that the Obama and Romney campaigns aren't advertising there right now," NBC News reports.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton weighed in with his opinions. "This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment. This is a clear choice," Clinton said. "The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation. That's what got us in trouble in the first place."
Clinton concludes, "President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class. That's what happened when I was president. We need to keep going with his plan."
According to an NBC News poll, Clinton, who will give a primetime speech at the upcoming Democratic convention, rates 57 percent in favorability.
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Keywords: Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, swing states, electoral votes, Bill Clinton
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