Polls Show Neck-and-Neck Race » This header leads to this article:
Obama, Romney pumped for dash to the finish
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — With just two weeks until Election Day, President Barack Obama on Tuesday began a cross-country rush to hold onto office in tough economic times with a new booklet outlining his second-term agenda and a closing argument that the choice comes down to trust.I mean, aside from starting out as little more than a rah-rah go-get-em Barry propaganda piece, that is?
The president emerged from the last of his debates with Republican Mitt Romney fueled by a rush of adrenaline matched by thousands of boisterous supporters who filled the outdoor Delray Tennis Center to hear him speak. The crowd repeatedly interrupted Obama's 22-minute speech with applause and chants of "four more years" that drowned out his remarks.
How about this: When you call something a "neck-and-neck" race, how about giving some, you know, poll numbers to go with it? They include some vague information on the number of states that appear likely to vote for Obama vs Romney, but with neither having a lock on the total electoral votes needed for a win, the crucial battleground states mean that neither is within striking distance.
But there are no information on polls for any of the critical states. There are no nationwide polls. There's no numbers other than the electoral votes that each candidate is far enough ahead in that state to earn - Obama with 237, Romney with 191. There are still 110 electoral votes up for grabs - and no polls showing who is ahead in any of those races. Curious, is it not?
Let's take the "battleground" states that are named in the article: Ohio, Florida, and Virgina. With 60 electoral votes up for grabs in these three states, Obama could secure a lock on the win, right? Well, in OH, Romney's down by 5% - except that he was down by 10% last month. Wrong trend for Obama, especially with 2 weeks left. Other polls put the two within 3 points. In Florida the news is even worse for Obama, with Romney ahead by 1 - 3% and gaining. Virginia is also a dead heat between the two, with polls showing anywhere from a 5 point lead for Obama to a three point lead for Romney.
This isn't a runaway like my #1 blogson would like to think. This is a horse race (no bayonets, though) that is far too close to call right now - and it is nowhere near outside the margin of chicanery the likes of which we saw in Florida in 2000 or in Minnesota in 2008. Voter ID laws - one of the few ways to keep the dead and illegal from voting - have been struck down by the Obama Justice department, so it's not like we'll see any change (or hope) there.
I hope I'm wrong, don't misunderstand - I just hold out little hope against Chicago-style politics...
That is all.