US Elections: Neck and neck

2012-11-03 16:10

Springsteen, Jay-Z roped in to boost Obama campaign.

It’s a race that’s hurtling towards the finish line and yet neither candidate – US President Barack Obama or his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney – can boast clear indications of a lead when elections take place on Tuesday.

America goes to the poll on November 6 and both men have remained neck and neck in the polls.

After months of rallies, campaign ads and debates, Monday is the last day for Obama and Romney to encourage their supporters to get to the polls. Both candidates have dedicated the final few days of their campaigns to the states they believe are most important in deciding
the presidency.

Obama scheduled stops in Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin.

On Monday he’ll be joined by one of his most vocal supporters, singer Bruce Springsteen, who will join the president on a three-stop swing before hip-hop artist Jay-Z hops on the campaign bus in Ohio.

Then Obama will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, where he will be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama. Springsteen is due to perform for a final show.

Obama would gain the 270 electoral votes he needs if he wins Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin plus others such as Pennsylvania and Michigan, which have traditionally been Democratic.

Romney, meanwhile, has been revisiting New Hampshire, accompanied by musician Kid Rock, whose Born Free anthem has introduced Romney at every campaign stop through the election. He spent most of Friday in Ohio – the state that remains the most coveted prize for the candidates.

He’s due to make stops in Colorado and Pennsylvania too, an area Romney believes is still up for grabs.

According to Real Clear Politics, which takes a snapshot of the most important polls, Obama leads Romney by two points in Ohio, and in a poll by the University of Cincinnati, he leads by 48 to 46.

In a CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac poll, Obama leads by five points, with 50 to Romney’s 45.

It remains to be seen what impact the latest jobs figures released on Friday will have.

The US department of labour clocked in 171 000 new jobs last month, when 120 000 had been expected.

Obama and Romney have each been using these figures to spin interpretations to their advantage.

Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged through the northeastern coast, will also no doubt have an effect following New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement of Obama on Thursday, citing the president’s stance on dealing with climate change.

Obama will spend election day in Chicago and Romney will spend the day in Boston, with each planning to address supporters that evening in their home towns, each hopefully as the victor in this year’s election race.

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