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. Hide Behind

    And what in reality do the polls show, and what polls are they talking about?
    To the mass of those who believe numbers of voters is democracy. The tallys are subjective and as questionable as are the questions allow.
    THE true demographics tally shows Obama with over 75% of the electoral college easily his, while Romneys 25% as being very questionable.
    THey will keep, by one means or another, the popular vote close, with of course the usual questionable tallys or possible voter suppressions being blasted out for the gullible public.
    The problem with elections is that too much importance has been placed upon the vote and so many do no more than vote for personality, and in truth their vote has done no more than legitmize those whose agendas are the real politics and goverance.
    The media under power of mentors turns an electionintoa Super Bowl mentality.
    IN order to have your attention they hype the teams as being equal, what advertizing could they sell if an election was already known to be a one sided ending.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Steffen

      This CNN poll sampled (if you dig deep to find it) a full 11% more Democrats, and yet still showsa a tie. The turnout will be virtually tied, based on all of the polls, which means that if you subtract the 11% over sample, Mitt Romney is the next President, with 53% to 54% of the vote.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alois Schicklgruber

    Just lean in for a sweet kiss.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Melanie

    Everyone knows the guy raised in Kenya and Indonesia is going to win. The one that attended Islamic school in Indonesia when young. The ultra arrogant one that likes to snack on roasted puppies. He has it wrapped up.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      Everything you said is propaganda and lies. Even if it were true, better him than the boy with magic underware who believes himself a god in training.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Hey, you can't prove conclusively that he DOESN'T snack on roasted puppies. That's the beauty of negative ads. Just like you can't prove Romney DOESN'T keep a dragon in his basement.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Melanie

    @Mickey1313. All true. Read Obama's book "Dreams of My Father". This was written by him. This is what Obama himself said.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kyle

    I heard Muslims don't even celebrate Christmas. Or like little babies or puppies or snow. Or gifts. Someone should ask Barry if that's true.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RevNowWhileWeCan

    A true journalist says:
    Via Ben Swann:
    "I have been asked by so many people: Is a vote for Gary Johnson or writing in Ron Paul just a vote for Obama? Here is my response to them and you...

    I think the claim that voting for an alternative candidate, ie. libertarian, green party or writing in a candidate like Ron Paul is actually a vote for Obama is simply not true. A vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for Gary Johnson, a vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Jill Stein, a vote Ron Paul is a vote for Ron Paul. Voting isn't about picking the winner.. it is about casting a vote for the person you believe is the best to lead our nation. To say otherwise simply means that you believe that a vote AGAINST a candidate is more legitimate than a vote FOR a candidate. Welcome to Upside down town."

    November 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rose

    One thing I have noticed in these so called polls. The independents have been brushed aside,very little mention if any, so they are polling mostly Dem and Rep. Where is the all important independent vote CNN? They are voting in droves where are their numbers?

    November 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    God save the Queen, troll la di da.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James Bond

    This is truly an election that is " the lesser of two evils". Better the devil you know, thats what i heard when obama said "you know me, how i am", boy howdie, sad but true, for the working class, and underpriviledged, looking for a chance to get out, you have no chance with a republican president, especially not this one. good luck, and please VOTE

    November 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pablo Escobar

    Obama for America 2012...

    November 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James Bond

    Samuel, just give us a minute, we will find a way. mark, dont know how to break it to you, but, uhh, i dont think so.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    It's unbelievable that the vote is so close! I guess people don't have a problem w/plutocracy & having a "ruling class," the 1%!!

    November 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Socialism and communism are bigger problems than that, sounds like you need to live in Greece.

      November 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James Bond

    It is sad that many Canadians are paying more attention to our election than the undecideds, that will likely make the decision, thank you canuks for your interest, and comments, im not really james bond from over the pond, but i play one . haha, Seriously, vote Obama

    November 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DXR2

      Hey, thanks for taking care of Dr. No. The rest of the world is in your debt.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DXR2

    Here is my prediction for the swing states:

    Obama-NH, PA, OH, MI, NM, IA, MN, CO, and NV.
    Romney-IN, VA, NC, MO, and FL

    I know I'm being lenient calling MO, IN, ect a swing state.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DXR2

    Not yet. That was just my forecast. As always time will have to tell who the winner is.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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