With just hours before Americans head to the polls, both candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in swing states which are key to taking the white house.
Swing states are those states in which no candidate holds an overwhelming majority and they include Ohio, Nevada, Wisconsin, Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and New Hampshire.
The election runs on an electoral college system. Each state is given a number of votes based on its population. The candidate who wins 270 electoral college votes becomes president.
President Obama is in Ohio while Romney Pennsylvania with the latest polls putting the President at 50% to Romney’s 48%.
In the early days of the campaign, many pundits had written off Republican Mitt Romney after he was involved in gaffes that appeared to portray him as an inconsiderate leader out to work for the affluent.
However, the first Presidential debate saw the Massachusetts governor bounce back after a stellar performance against the president.
That presidential debate changed Romney’s fortunes though he did not do well compared to Obama in the subsequent debates.
The economy will play a major role on how Americans decide.
Recently released figures on employment indicate new jobs were created though the rate of unemployment remains high, the highest since President Roosevelt’s tenure.
Romney has been consistent on the issue of dealing with the economy; something that would cost Obama some votes, Obama’s views to let women make choices regarding their health by supporting abortion will earn him the women’s vote.
Romney will however beat the president when it comes to securing the Christian vote especially the evangelicals who hold conservative views on issues like abortion, homosexuality.
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