While Obama and Romney await the results for the 2012 election, all eyes are on the electoral college. On Election Day, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both understand the importance of Ohio. Follow this live blog for state by state poll numbers as each camp eyes 270 electoral votes.
According to a live CNN broadcast on Election Day, the president has a razor-thin edge over his Republican challenger. The latest poll numbers on November 6 has Obama leading by three percentage points. However, the state’s election results may be delayed due to the laws regarding provisional ballots, according to reporter Carol Costello.
Before the electoral process is final, hundreds, perhaps thousands of provisional ballots must be counted. This process could take up to ten days. If there are challenges from either the Democrats or Republicans, the decision on who wins the 2012 elections could take even longer.
Americans have been spoon-fed commercials from both camps, sat through numerous debates and now stand in long lines to cast their votes for the next President of the United States. Just the thought of waiting beyond Election Day to get results on whether Obama or Romney wins is unsettling.
The largest electoral prize (29) for both candidates in remaining battleground states is Florida. In Miami alone, as of 1:12 p.m. EDT, many voters have taken upwards of four hours to cast their ballots.
In Broward County, CNN says about 700 or more absentee ballots have been thrown out, due to things like missing signatures, according to election officials. While it represents about one half of one percent, it brings back dark memories of 2000 (George Bush versus Al Gore). Remember the “hanging chad” debacle in Florida?
While Romney arguably may have an edge in the popular vote, according to recent poll number projections, President Obama has an edge in the electoral college distribution (303-220).