Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Too Close To Call

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Pennsylvania is once again a “Swing State.” Now, I am sure by now you are sick of hearing this phrase, but for Pennsylvania it is important. Three weeks before the election, President Barack Obama has slipped 12-4 percentage points after a disappointing debate performance.

Pennsylvania, until recently, was secured for the Democratic President. However, now it has become competitive with obama leading 50-46 percent.

The state is one of the top prizes in the presidential election with 20 votes in the Electoral College, tying it with Illinois for fifth place in the number of electors by State. Only California, Texas, New York and Florida have more…

Why is this happening?

“It’s no secret that the president underperformed in the debate, including by his own account,” said Tim Mallory, Assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

At the same time, Joe Biden’s debate performance last week against Paul Ryan, “Did not move the ticket at all”, said Mallory again.

In Pennsylvania, men, white catholics and blue collar voters have flocked to the Romney camp over the last month…

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