Voting Begins in 2012 US Presidential Election

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are visiting these key swing states on the day before election day.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are visiting these key swing states on the day before election day.
Meredith Buel
U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have made their final arguments to voters in key political battleground states on the eve of Tuesday’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Both President Obama and Romney campaigned in states they need to win in an election that opinion polls say is very close.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets audience members at a campaign rally at the airport in Sanford, Florida, November 5, 2012.Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets audience members at a campaign rally at the airport in Sanford, Florida, November 5, 2012.
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets audience members at a campaign rally at the airport in Sanford, Florida, November 5, 2012.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets audience members at a campaign rally at the airport in Sanford, Florida, November 5, 2012.
Romney told a boisterous rally in the state of Florida that he is the only candidate capable of bringing about change.

Both campaigns predicted the winner will be determined by which of their operations can get the most supporters to the polls.

In the state of Wisconsin, President Obama urged a crowd of cheering supporters to vote Tuesday.

U.S. presidential elections are not decided by the nationwide popular vote, but by an Electoral College system.  The importance of each state on the outcome of the election is approximately equivalent to its population.  

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses thousands in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2012, on his last day of campaigning.U.S. President Barack Obama addresses thousands in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2012, on his last day of campaigning.
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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses thousands in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2012, on his last day of campaigning.
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses thousands in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2012, on his last day of campaigning.
Both candidates campaigned in the critical state of Ohio on the eve of the election.

Larry Sabato is director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

“Ohio has been right 27 of the last 29 presidential elections," said Sabato. "It also is the key swing state this year because it is very difficult for Governor Romney to get to the magic number of 270 [needed to win] in the Electoral College if he does not carry Ohio’s 18 electoral votes. That is why there is such a giant battle there.”

Political polls say the race is very close nationally. But state-by-state surveys show Obama with narrow leads in many closely contested states likely to determine the outcome.

Watch a related report by VOA's Suzanne Presto

Analyst Larry Sabato said, “This is a close, competitive election, but the incumbent, President Obama, has an edge in the key swing states. Because it is close, however, you cannot absolutely rule out an upset by Governor Romney.”

Along with the race for president, all of the seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the 100 Senate seats are being contested.

Most analysts predict Republicans will continue to hold their majority in the House, while the president’s Democratic Party is likely to maintain a slim majority in the Senate.   

Millions of voters already have cast ballots under early-voting rules.  

But the vast majority of the electorate still will head to polling places throughout the U.S. Tuesday.
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by: Jack from: Florida
November 06, 2012 9:34 AM
Hope Romney will win.

by: G Pitt from: mass
November 06, 2012 8:26 AM
I do not want another Bush in the white house. I do not blame Pres. Obama for the debt. That came from the previous administration and the blame should lay on Mr. Bush's head. Pres Obama kept us afloat, I was out of work, nearly homeless, I was able to hang in there and now have a nice job. Things got better for me with Pres Obama and worse for me with Mr.Bush. Romney did nothing for massachusetts. The jobs romney claimed to generate were already here because of the Big Dig. But like Bush, he left us with a big bill to pay.

by: Nikos Retsos from: Chicago
November 06, 2012 7:42 AM
There are only two question for me that will weigh on my vote: 1) Do I want another George W. Bush clone in the white house who wants to build more warships and aircraft carriers and starts more wars? 2) Do I want to se another $ 10 billions a month - the amount that we now spend in Afghanistan - to be diverted to another war as soon as the Afghan war theater is shut down?

Of course not. But that is what Mitt Romney wants to do! Romney wants "a proud America" that can force anyone else in the world to yield to a super strong America. But that won't be a pround America; that will be "a stupid America" that has not learned anything from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan!

I, therefore, am left with no choice but to vote for Obama. He is not my ideal candidate, but he is not one that wants to turn America into a wrecking ball! One George W. Bush was enough for us! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

by: Seb from: Melbourne, Aus.
November 06, 2012 7:20 AM
Let the best man win!
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by: Anonymous
November 07, 2012 12:17 PM
The Best Man did win!

by: Jeff Burdick from: Chicago USA
November 06, 2012 6:54 AM
My voting prediction: Both Obama and Romney will make it to Hollywood, but get tripped up by pitch problems during Lil' Bow Wow week. Wait, are we all talking about American Idol here or is there some other vote going on? For 10 other final funny election thoughts, see http://bit.ly/SNRTnG

by: m m abubakar from: Lagos
November 06, 2012 6:53 AM
In the next 12 hours or so, we will know the winner. Good luck America.
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by: Lisa Ann from: Colorado
November 06, 2012 7:47 AM
Thank you! This is very exciting. The President of the U.S. affects America, and he also affects the rest of the world. So good luck to all of us!

by: John-paul BATOKO from: DRC
November 06, 2012 6:43 AM
Obama, we know it so well, is the USA president but, African people as a man is behind for to lead him in a second four years in the white house.

by: riano baggy from: ina
November 06, 2012 12:13 AM
ready to big democracy party, we hope the election for next president can kept his promised to recovery our economy for welfare US peoples,
to care the stability our world with reduce budgets for lethal weapons.

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