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Latest 2012 Presidential Electoral Vote Maps

Three leading online vote-counters show a close race between Obama and Romney.

Election Day 2012 is just one day away, but the presidential electoral vote situation is still up in the air.

Two leading vote-tracking maps—by USA TODAY and The Washington Post—report that neither President Obama nor GOP nominee Mitt Romney can claim the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the election, based on so-called committed states.

How do you think the election will shake out? Will it be deadlocked like in 2000? Tell us in the comments below.

A vote tracking map by the Huffington Post gives Obama 277 electoral votes—down from more than 300 in a posting in September, before the debates.

A candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. If a candidate receives the majority of a particular state's popular vote, he gets ALL of that state's electoral votes. In other words, the nationwide popular vote is not necessarily the deciding factor.

The importance of this was shown in the 2000 presidential election. Democrat Al Gore got more popular votes nationwide than did George W. Bush. However, Bush won that ultra-close election because Florida's electoral votes gave him the necessary winning total.

In the close 2012 election, a few swing states, such as Ohio and Virginia, are expected to decide the outcome.

Electoral vote tracking sites:

2012 Election: Electoral Vote Tracker - USATODAY.com

Presidential Election Map 2012 - The Washington Post

The current view of the 2012 presidential election - Huffington Post

g costo November 05, 2012 at 11:23 AM
four more years. obama deserves another term. Mr Romney where r your tax returns? Your lies and distortions disqualify you for the job. The media can't call you a liar but I will. America is not asleep and come tues night you will b out and rightfully so. So my friend I bid you adue.
Independent Bipartisan Early Voter November 05, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Calling someone a liar is a bit childish. Also, I think Romney should be proud, not embarrassed, of his success. I don't think it is very easy to pay more than the legally required amount in taxes. In fact, I think it is impossible to pay more than you owe. Romney will win and fix the mess our economy is in, because he has a record of fixing broken things in business, in Massachusetts and at the Olympics. I can't wait for a president whom businesses trust to bring back our economy.
MS November 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
If one tells lies then they're a liar. Robme has revealed his true self.
MS November 05, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Robme left MA with a 34% approval rating. He was a vulture capitalist. Bain bought troubled companies, took ought massive loans in their names, and then charged them massive consulting fees to advise them on how to reduce the number of employees. He destroyed jobs and companies. KB Toys. Bain took over the company with $18M down. They financed $302M. That became the debt of that company. Bain then had it do a $120M "divident recapitalization". KB Toys had to cash in a bunch of shares and pay Bain and its investors a huge sum of money. To finance that they had to take out over $60M in bank loans. The misconception is that Robme turned around companies. He destroyed them. He bled them dry.
joe johnson November 05, 2012 at 01:53 PM
If you had any sense you'd realize that Romney made a habit of breaking working things, not fixing broken things. He broke stuff while managing Bain capital by buying good American based companies that employed thousands. Using money from Bain's investors that was a mere fraction of the companies value he borrowed the rest against the take over target's own assets. He then proceeded to leverage up the company even more using the money to pay himself and his invetsors millions, actually most of it he kept himself. To help pay for this he fired workers shutting down plants and off shored jobs to China and India when possible. The man is a boll weevil in the field of cotton that was the American middle class economy. Only a complete moron does not know this by now.
Brian November 05, 2012 at 02:41 PM
All of you are like "Romney this", "Obama that" and have fallen for the trap. As long as we have a two-party system, our country is headed for disaster. We need state referendums to modify the constitution to eliminate national parties and to replace "winner-takes-all" voting with approval voting.

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