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Election Day: Obama, Romney TOO close for comfort

Last updated on: November 6, 2012 11:23 IST

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Notwithstanding the latest opinion polls suggesting a close fight between incumbent Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney, both the Democrat and Republican camps have claimed victory ahead of the crucial presidential elections set for Tuesday.

Hours before millions of Americans start casting their vote in the election, both the Romney and Obama campaigns, in their speeches and conference calls with reporters, claimed that the numbers were on their side.

The opinion polls, however, suggested a close contest.

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Image: US President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama during his final presidential campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa
Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters

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The latest Washington Post-ABC tracking poll released on Monday gave Obama (50 per cent) a three point lead over Romney (47 per cent), which is still within the margin of astatistical error.

"The poll also finds that Obama remains the favourite, with 55 per cent of voters saying that he will win in Tuesday's election. By contrast, 35 per cent believe Romney will win while 10 per cent register no opinion," the daily said.

The polls are too close to call, the CNN said, so did other major news networks.

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Image: US Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his wife Ann at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire
Photographs: Jim Young/Reuters

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The much sought after RealClearPolitics gave Obama an edge of 0.7 percentage point lead over Romney.

While it has been a tie in the CNN poll, two other polls -- Rasmussen Reports and Gallup -- have given an one point edge to Romney over Obama.

Another survey by Mommouth/ SurveyUSA/Braun predicts a tie between the two presidential candidates.

But the two campaigns, based on their own feedback from the ground, claimed that they were headed for a win.

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Image: US Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks at his final campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire
Photographs: Brian Snyder/Reuters
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Karl Rove, a Republican strategist, claimed that Romney would get 285 Electoral College votes (more than the 270 required to win the elections).

The Sabato's Crystal Ball on Monday predicted that Obama would receive 290 Electoral College votes, while Romney will be lagging behind with 248 votes.

The Washington Examiner's senior political analyst Michael Barone said that Romney would get 315 votes as compared to Obama's 223.

Jen Psaki, the Obama Campaign spokesperson, said that the campaign is moving in the right direction, even though it is very close, and termed Romney's claim to victory nothing less than a fantasy.

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Image: US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to their supporters
Photographs: Larry Downing/Reuters

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"It's worth reminding you we are tied or leading in every single swing state. We are ahead in early vote in almost every single swing state. We feel great about where our ground game is now. We feel great about where we are closing this race," she said.

"We know there is a lot of fantasy talk happening from the Romney team about the number of electoral votes that they think they are going to achieve. We are not going to get into that kind of predictions. But the only thing that matters is that more people vote for President Obama than vote for Mitt Romney. We are confident of that," Psaki told reporters travelling abroad Air Force One.

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Image: Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's son Sam looks out from behind the backstage curtains
Photographs: Eric Thayer/Reuters

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