After the Conventions: Who Will Win the 2012 Presidential Election, Obama or Romney?

Now that the Democratic and Republican delegates have officially chosen their nominees, Patch wants to know: Who are you betting on?

It's official: With President Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Charlotte Thursday night, both the Republicans and Democrats have formally chosen their nominees for the 2012 presidential election. Let the real race begin.

A lot can change between now and Nov. 6: Gaffes, scandals or even major international news events could shift the dynamics of the campaign.

The latest Gallup Polls show registered voters preferring Obama to Mitt Romney by just one percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken just before the party conventions found American voters think Obama is more likeable, but trust Romney more to handle the economy.

Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the major-party candidates on various factors: incumbent advantage, fundraising clout, even religion.

Patch wants to know: Regardless of who you support for President, who do you think will actually claim victory in November?

Vote in our poll below, and let us know your reasoning in the comments section.

FendiOnThePorch September 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thank God for the so-called-Republican Obstructionism...many people are happy that there are those in Congress that vote against inane policies that will drive us further in to our economic nightmare ...that's why they are elected..otherwise, we could just make Obama our King and he could implement whatever crazy entitlement programs and tax increase laws that he wants to...Obama doesn't have anything to do with private sector jobs? The last thing I want to do is make this in anyway personal, but do you understand how government policy affects the economy? I would be writing all day to fully explain but there are many sources from which to choose to enlighten yourself...here's one explaining what Mitt Romney plans to do, since you asked and are waiting: http://www.mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2012/08/mitt-romneys-plan-stronger-middle-class01....Romney is bent on starting more wars? Where is THAT coming from? And, frankly, who cares if people around the world like him! The notion that people around the world 'like' Obama has proven to be useless if true. Strive to be an informed voter! Just because the pundits at MSnbc and the NYT think Romney is a bad guy and want you to think that, too...just does not make it true.
Wagner Wolf September 20, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Clearly, I disagree. Republicans have been against ANYTHING the president has put forward (remember their statement that their number one job was to make him a one-term president, no matter how that affected the american people). So there's something wrong with a jobs plan? support for veterans? healthcare and curtailing healthcare costs? You thought it was a good idea to have the country's credit rating downgraded? Is that what they were elected to do?? President Obama has never once raised taxes (actually cut them in a number of ways) - he wants to go back to more reasonable tax rates, like they were under previous presidents...Have you heard Romney talking about how he would handle Israel/Palestine, Iran, and other foreign affairs? Asking for trouble if he continues with that kind of rhetoric! And Willard's 5-point plan has NO specifics. None. I could scream all day that I would create 12 million jobs on my first day in office, but shouldnt I back that up with details, specifics, and a feasible plan?? I have yet to hear anything of that sort...
Wagner Wolf September 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Just my thoughts on the situation...
uncle albert September 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Obama for 4 more years ??????? .....NO WAY ! We need him for 4 more decades !!!!!!!
Estele September 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Yesterday, the Republicans VOTED AGAINST a bill to help returning veterans to find civilan jobs. The bill was sponsored and put to the floor for a vote by the Democrats. The bill did not pass because of the Republicans voting against the veterans. When President Obama (who I did not vote for) was first sworn in, one of the first things he did was to increase the Veterans Administration budget, because he knew all of the retuirning Vets needed our help. The Republicans voted against this also !! As a registered Republican I will be voting for Obama and the full Democratic ticket this November !!!!


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