Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 8:02 am
Tuesday, as those who follow politics probably know, is Election Day. The battle between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been contentious, expensive, personal, illuminating, ugly, frustrating, petty, enlightening and, above all, long. And it is expected to be close.
This week's Political Junkie column is an attempt to guide you to what's at stake on Tuesday, both in the contest for the White House as well as the 33 Senate and 435 House seats on the ballot.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says 128-thousand volunteers will knock on doors, make phone calls, and mail fliers for President Obama and other union-friendly candidates during the final days before the election.
Ohioans have been living the battleground state lifestyle for months. For the next few days, a few tourists are coming from the UK to Ohio just for that experience. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:36 pm
Campaign reporters spend a lot of time pointing at color-coded electoral maps like the one below, showing which states voted for Republican John McCain (in red) and Democrat Barack Obama (in blue) in 2008.
But these maps lie — visually speaking.
Red appears to be the clear winner, dominating a vast swath from the South to the Rockies. It's all geographically accurate, but electorally skewed. For example, Montana (three electoral votes) dwarfs Massachusetts (which had 12 electoral votes in 2008).
Two new polls show the presidential race is tight in Ohio, but both polls give president Obama a slight edge. the CBS/Quinnipiac/New York Times poll shows Obama with a 5 point lead, while the Ohio Poll by the Univversity of Cincinnati shows him 2 points ahead of challenger Mitt Romney. Jim Messina, campaign manager for Obama says the the Romney campaign is propped up with inaccurate information.
Earlier this week, the company that makes Jeeps criticized a Mitt Romney campaign ad airing in Ohio as misleading. Now, a SECOND automaker is saying the same thing about ANOTHER Romney ad. The arguments are over new auto jobs and where they’re being created. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports.
A dispute over Ohio auto jobs continues to swirl in this key battleground state in the presidential election... with election day just a week away. A top auto company executive is strongly restating that Jeep has no plans to move Toledo auto jobs overseas... despite a claim to the contrary by Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and despite new ADS by Romney's campaign that hint at it. Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen reports.