The Presidential Race

It’s the eve of one of the closes races in election history. But the question poised on the world’s lips is, who will be president?

I’ve poured over pages and pages of support and hate for both of the main candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But today on the final campaign day, the candidates have made their final visits to the ‘must win’ states. Swing voters are important to the candidates right now, as the election is so close. President Obama visited Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio. Throughout those states there are 24 electoral votes to obtain which would take the President one step closer to the 270 votes in the Electoral College needed to secure re-election.

Romney however set off to visit four states, Florida, Virginia, Ohio and last of all New Hampshire. New Hampshire was the last step to Romney’s victory in the GOP Presidential primary earlier in the year. These states are crucial to Romney to gain votes to fulfil his hope of becoming president.

Travelling with Obama was Bruce Springsteen and furthermore, at one of the rally’s rapper Jay Z also made an appearance. Obama spoke of his travelling with Springsteen, ‘I get to fly around with him on the last day I’ll ever campaign, so that’s not a bad way to end things’. Springsteen accompanied Obama on Air Force One to Columbus and Ohio.

Last week’s research showed Obama and Romney tied in a pew poll showing the percentages at 47% each way. (A pew poll is a poll of 2,709 likely voters with a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points). One of the latest polls has shown Obama slowly edging ahead of Romney, the latest percentages showing Obama at 50% and Romney now at 47%.  But these were all taken prior to super-storm Sandy, and it is now thought that Obama’s handling of the storm will have improved his showing with at least 69% of the voters. So at the present time it appears Obama has the lead on Romney, but then this has changed frequently throughout the campaign, so really the election could swing either way.

With the figures as they are, tomorrow is going to be a very close call.


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