The winning presidential candidate has won Ohio in every election since 1964, and no Republican has ever won the presidency without carrying Ohio. According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, President Barack Obama holds a three point advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the contest for Ohio’s 18 electoral votes. Fifty-percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say they are backing the president, with 47% supporting the former Massachusetts governor. Obama’s three-point edge is within the survey’s sampling error.
Hiring increased last month, while the unemployment rate ticked higher, according to a report released just four days before the presidential election. The economy added 171,000 jobs in October, while the unemployment ticked up to 7.9, from 7.8% in September, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had expected employers to add 125,000 positions in the month and unemployment to inch up to 7.9%.
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If voter turnout stayed exactly as it did in 2008 (impossible, I know, but hear me out) then 11,000-some new voters would push Hawaii out of last place for voter participation. There are plenty of caveats, since turnout obviously won’t be the same as it was, thanks to Superstorm Sandy and a host of other factors. But my takeaway is this: Hawaii is really close. That’s an attainable goal.
A new CNN/ORC International poll shows an extremely tight race in Colorado. With 50% of likely voters supporting Obama and 48% backing Romney, it’s a statistical dead heat with the margin well within the survey’s sampling error. Here’s a look at the voting history in Colorado since 1964. In 10 of the last 12 elections, the winning presidential candidate won the state.
The winning presidential candidate has won Florida in 11 of the past 12 elections. With eight days to go until Election Day, a new CNN/ORC International poll indicates an extremely tight race for Florida’s 29 electoral votes. 50% of likely Florida voters say they are backing Republican nominee Mitt Romney and 49% are supporting President Barack Obama. The former Massachusetts governor’s one point margin is well within the survey’s sampling error.
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The most tweeted moment of the final presidential debate was a comment from President Obama about military spending, delivered as though his campaign team already had visions of Tumblrs and Twitters dancing in their heads: “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916,” Obama said. “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”
Naturally, Twitter lit up with funny responses, many of them about indie rock. (Because “Horses and Bayonets” is totally a band name, right?) Anyway, in honor of a meme made for music, we built a little playlist.
One of the most tense moments of the second presidential debate last night came early on, in a question about energy policy. The candidates talked over one another and walked forward and back in what we like to call a “debate two-step.”
To put those numbers in context, there are as many active Facebook users in the U.S. as there are eligible voters.