Presidential race all tied up on election eve
Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are tied in most polls.
November 5th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Presidential race all tied up on election eve

On the eve of the 2012 presidential election, polls can't tell us who'll be president come January 20, Inauguration Day.

Major polls, including the CNN/ORC International poll, show the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney all even.

While the polls may show a slight lead for one candidate or the other, most fall within the margin of error, meaning this race is a toss-up. And that's how it's been for awhile, with neither candidate breaking away from his challenger.

The election will likely come down to key battleground states, and that's where the candidates, their running mates, their wives and their chief surrogates were making appearances Monday: in Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

Get all the specifics on the campaign for the White House and other races across the country on CNN's Campaign Explorer.

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  1. Ancient Texan

    1608- Yep Romney has a plan and has explained it many times. Obama has NO PLAN except give more taxpayer money to his buddies in the unions and his contributors. The total extent of his campaign has been to ATTACK Romney; the only honest man in the race.

    November 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1608

      That is true, many times many ways. What one did you fall FOUR?

      November 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Get out and VOTE !!!"

    Q: What do you get when you cross a pilgrim with a democrat?
    A: A god-fearing tax collector who gives thanks for what other people have.

    November 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Get out and VOTE !!!"

    Did I get you mad yet?

    November 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Get out and VOTE !!!"

    Q: How do you know you're a Democrat?
    A1: You think poverty can be abolished.
    A2: You admire the Swedish welfare system
    A3: You'd rather own Birkenstock than Merck Stock
    A4: After looking at your pay stub you can still say,"America is undertaxed."
    A5: You still own something that says "Dukakis for President,"

    November 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Still have your autographed picture of Nixon, don't you, Jeff?

      November 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    SO TIRED: Will be glad when this one is over! Will WORRY IF M. R. gets elected, then everyone had better grab their belts and hang on! EVERYTHING will stop, as M. R. begins to implement his plans and policies, you know, the ones he STILL hasn't explained! I will get it out of my system right now. HA, HA, HA! That is for ALL of you that, for some reason, "thinks"? M. R. has some magic beans in his pocket that will make our problems go away! The rich will be protected, and the middle class will foot the loss! Healthcare, Obamacare, whatever you want to call it, will return to its previous form, maybe worse, and and those millions who were covered will be scrambling to find coverage, IF they can get it!! Our magnificent military will be on their way overseas, AGAIN, and maybe in more places! Our Allies will have to wait and see what the heck he is going to do and support! China, labeled a "money manipulator"! TRUE, however, I do not think China will take a slap in the face and then turn the other cheek! Some kind of retaliation? Maybe! And, finally, do you "think"? that after the republicans became the party of NO, that, if the powers in both houses remain unchanged, that the democrats will become the party of NO?

    November 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ ronvan, i absolutely agree with you and am still surprised how many people either, dont have a clue or just plain dont care about Romneys military plans! How can ANYONE think this country can afford any more wars!

    November 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    And yea he does SAY he has a plan to create l2 million more jobs, but doesnt say how or for that matter for who? His track record does show however that they would more than likely be l2 million more jobs for CHINA.

    November 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Electoral vote totals



    November 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Excuse me. That should read

      Romney- 248

      November 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BES

    It is great to have all the wonderful things that BO promises, cars rolling off the assembly lines, heathcare, great welfare programs, education and special training, but no jobs, increasing unemployment, more taxes, continued wild government spending,and we all will be on a even plane.......broke! Go BO!!

    November 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And what has Romney promised, other than he's not Obama?
      No plan.
      No path.
      "Vote for me! I'm not Obama!"

      November 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*Ekanem Akan

    The U S presidential poll is neck to neck inspite of Obama's performance because of racism. Race factor is still high

    November 6, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
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