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Latest 2012 Presidential Electoral Vote Maps

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

With all three presidential debates over and Election Day 2012 just two days away, 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 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

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Greg November 05, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Charles, I did that research years ago but I don't live in the past like BHO supporters. (I understand why though, he has no accomplishment of his own so he has to blame his predecessor's) Clinton's "surplus" was an estimate of money coming in IF the economy would continue to rise with the "dotcom" boom, which most of us know what happened there. The were an imaginary companies and most went bust. I also remember that something they call now "9/11" happened and the American people wanted to government to protect us so that's what the did. It wasn't just Bush that approving these.
Greg November 05, 2012 at 10:34 AM
OMG!!!! Are you for real? You gotta be doing a parity or something. Please go vote, at least you're in Ga. where you're vote really doesn't hurt Romney.
electric123 November 05, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Greg, As you stated " It wasn't just Bush approving these act of financial irresponsibility but henchmen like Dick-head Cheney fueling the fire! Even after the fact when George W. left office Ms. Rice has negative response to Dick Cheney's book on other cabinet members!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian ) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. It is a violation of the 1st Amendament rights of third party candidates, and a violation of the free speech rights of every American, for their voices to be silenced. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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