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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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Mike Sa November 04, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Romany is great lier and flip-flopper, he just keeps claiming and fooling people that knows how to fix economy but his fake Tax plan does NOT even add up for sure is not going to be passed, I am not going to vote for this fake Guy that his own record shows that un-employment, deficit and jobs outsourcing got increased and his state got highest unemployment rate in nation when he was governor of Massachusetts. Still Voting For 'Mitt Romany'? www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQwrB1vu74c&feature=related Romney's presidency will be worse than Bush that has caused us recession.
Greg November 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Mike, "Romany" "lier" ???? Really? You are so uninformed and just drink the koolaid about the half truths the media and Obama spits out. Bush did not create the recession, it started happening during his term but it was the Democrats and Freddie Mac that actually caused the bubble to burst in the housing market which in turn took it's toll on the financial markets. Bush asked Congress more than a dozen times that something had to be done about loaning money to people who truly could not afford to own a home and that in turn had the builders building more houses because of the demand, which raises the values of the entire market. And it was the Government telling the Banks to loan the money. Those same people who should not have been getting a house loan, were getting money (loans) from the banks of 100% to 110% of the value of the house. They had no skin in the game and when the time came for them to pay up, they could not and the foreclosures started. My son in law is one that should not been able to buy a house because he could not afford it. I hope it is raining on Tuesday because I bet you're one of the 32% of Dems that won't work to go out and vote and you'll stay home. I hope so anyway.
P.Bell November 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Greg, you don't what you are talking about as far as the real estate market was going. I've been a Realtor 15 years.Supply of housing was low and damond was high. We had multiple offers on homes and it started the escalation of prices. Homeowners started refinancing and using their homes as cash cows to buy cars, boats, whatever. Banks lend 80% of home value not 100%. When the bubble burst everyone who recently bought or refinanced ended up underwater. Anyone who had owned their house over 10 + years lost nothing.
Greg November 04, 2012 at 10:05 PM
You were only a realtor during the good times and apparently you just closed deals didn't really have to go out and find and sell houses. (and damond is spelled "demand") I imagine you probably sat in a subdivision and waited on people to show up and buy a house. And Yes, they did loan up to 110% of a house's value at the closing table because I have 1st hand knowledge of that in more than 3 cases. Now they require 20% down again just like it used to be and always should have been. I agree with you that when the bubble burst, people were underwater because they didn't have much or if any of their own money in the game. What kept them caring on how the place looked or how they would make their payments? Home ownership is not and should not be for everyone. Some just do not have the right mindset to be one. Heck, at this point, I do not even want to own a house. With the upkeep and maintenance required and the chance of the value of houses increasing at 10% a year will not be there again. Oh and lastly, I lost $90K in the value of my home, so don't tell me that anyone in a house over 10 years lost nothing.
Allan November 05, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Im still go vote for president Obama, because, gov. Mitt roney lie to much, and he try to copies everything president Obama say, we can not truest sameone like that to be president of united state , I think its not ready to be president.
Ron Beck November 05, 2012 at 02:43 AM
ugh Allen (face in palm)...does your mom know your up so late? What time is it in downtown Detroit anyway??
electric123 November 05, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Greg, You had better do alot of research on what you are say!!! When President Clinton left office he left with a Surplus in the Nation's General funds. Within a period of 3 years George W. Bush-Whacker managed to put us into a deficit! George W. has by-passed Jimmy Carter as our WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY!
electric123 November 05, 2012 at 09:52 AM
To all you Republican trashbag supporter What does Mitt Rhythm with?
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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