Why the presidential election could run past Nov. 6
Race is so tight that recounts may be ordered.
Obama and Romney have entered the final sprint for the finish line as each candidate tours the swing states, hoping to rally support for their candidacy. Within two weeks, voters will go to the polls and decide the outcome of a race almost two years in the making.
As the ad wars heat up, pollsters are looking closely for any trends. The general consensus seems to be that Obama bested Romney in Monday's foreign policy debate with several sound bites going viral and spawning memes on the internet.
The consensus is also that Romney is enjoying a slim lead over the President in both the popular vote and in momentum, but that momentum has slowed. Obama has the advantage in electoral votes. Neither candidate has the race won.
About 11 swing states will decide the outcome of the race, with Ohio widely seen as the key to victory. Within Ohio, it is a question of counties, and even small towns.
Romney it is suggested, faces the greater challenge, still needing to convince a slim margin of undecided voters that he is the candidate for the job.
The election could even be so close that absentee ballots may make the difference, and recounts could be ordered. This happened in 2000 with George W. Bush winning a narrow victory over Al Gore in Florida. The recount was argued all the way up to the US Supreme Court and gave Bush the election despite his losing by a small margin, the popular vote.
Romney may find himself in the same position as polls suggest he is now the slightly more popular candidate. Much of this popularity is credited to his strong performance in the first debate where he handily defeated Obama and appeared more presidential than the president, who sounded unconfident and uncomfortable.
Obama chalked the loss up to a bad night.
Analysts say had Obama performed better, the race might be finished.
Both candidates are now working the crowds, hoping to convince the last few voters to decide in their favor. With the outcome uncertain, the next two weeks - or more, could prove to be the most contentious yet in the race for the White House.
© 2012, Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
- - -
Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Election, Romney, Obama, recount
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Politics & Policy News
- E.W. Jackson Wins Nomination as Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
- News to ruin your morning: IRS official who targeted conservatives for audit now oversees your Obamacare compliance
- Culture of Corruption, Obama pays Sarah Ingram extra for her harassment of conservatives
- Culture of Corruption: Why Obama's misuse of Marines is wrong
- Rubio: Obama's intimidation of tea party groups 'not in isolation'
- Editorial: Is the Scandal Ridden Obama Administration Becoming a House of Cards?
- Obama asks for more money, Marines to protect embassies
- President stands ground against Republican critics
- Eric Holder says he will investigate the IRS for Obama
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?