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. Samuel

    I like Queen. Freddie Mercury was a great singer.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkM

      Not me. They're horrible.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkM

      I like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James Bond

    All in a days work, that was another snake oil salesman

    November 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Your joking

    Why in the world should Canad-A vote in our election? Obama sucks me, and despite all these ridiculous polls, Romney's gonna wipe the floor with him. And in a few months, all the crazy libs will be greatful too because the country will actually resemble something like America as opposed to a suicidal addict like the last 4 years.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sophie

      God help us if Obama wins. I refuse to call him my president because I didn't vote for that joke both times!

      November 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Whether or not one votes for the President, he is STILL the POTUS, and the office deserves the respect afforded to it.
      Atti tudes such as yours are why the country is so divisive today.

      November 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Both your jokeing and that traitor named sophie first of all your joking you are a fool , a nation divider, a lier to yourself. You republicans dont even like that jellyfish called mitt ronmey. Its who ever runs against Pres. Obama. Sophie you low unamerican taliban traitor,if you dont like America GET OUT!!!GET OUT TODAY!! BIGOT TRAITOR!!!! GET OUT ON A BROKEN PLANE OR A EXTREAMLY LEAKING BOAT!!

      November 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    I just hope Obama flip-flops on Keystone if he's re-elected. Alberta – the new Saudi Arabia.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Samuel

    I agree. I voted early for Obama.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Samuel

    I don't want to vote in your old elections anyways. We have maple syrup and pretty trees and snow. And good health care and better hockey teams.

    PS – what you in the states call Canadian bacon is just ham. Ham. In Canada bacon is bacon.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Back bacon. You've been exposed.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hide Behind

    Canadians want a new Saudi Arabia?
    That I can believe as Saudi Royal family does share its wealth among family members.
    But what makes them think they are family members.
    Who actually ows those oil drilling sites and the pipelines that will carry the black wealth away.
    The extraction is not for their use. It will not lower the cost of their own energy. And its return of profit depends upon their own tax subsidys, for that black stuff is the most expensive to produce.
    What percent of the gross will remain in Canada to improve its infrastructure and social programs for Canada is one nation whose bureacracy is largest percent of its populace in world.
    A bureaucracy where work even without merit is found and yes like the US its production and manufacturing outside of natural resourse exploitation is showing a vast decline.
    A lot more than polluting black that they dpn't care to refine, let the americans around the Texas cancer belt have it. Will flow to the South and to the east and their motherland GB.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin Bacon

    I ate Beggin' Strips once. They don't taste anything like bacon. They just taste like greasy soybean with dirt.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Carlos Fernandez

    Hopefully, after Tuesday, Gov Romney will be our the United States of America's president. He will not bow down and make apologies for us. He will lead this country in a way that it has not been lead in a long time. When needed by our citzens he will send our great military in to save our own, not turn his back like Obama and Clinton did. Just a note Obama was not the first black president, he was the first African, as in Kenyian president.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yawn, yawn, and one for good measure...yawn.
      Oh, and please send yourself to the front lines...but you won't, because you're a troll.

      November 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      What load of crap! More bodybags, more disfigured young men and women ....more grave sites to visit. You my friend are a prime example of what's wrong with America. When it's time, America will unleash its mighty power, but not in nation building as our last two wars have attempted to do.

      November 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Carlos your right about that , that weak fool mitt will totally flush this country down the tolit, How dare a person of color be the commander in chief. Dont they know its only reserved for old white male consertives. Beside if mitt wins and when he outsorces your job ,fool I guess you will still be kissing mitts butt.

      November 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RMG

    Obama is taking this one-plain and simple. Romney is only interested in making himself look good for votes, but is nothing but a wolf in sheeps clothing....

    November 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Get out and VOTE !!!"

    Q: Other than health care what other promises has Barack Obama made to the American People?

    November 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Get out and VOTE !!!"

    Q: What's the difference between a dead skunk in the road and a dead Democrat in the road?
    A: Vultures will eat the skunk.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      I know I know a live republican smells much much worse than a dead skunk,its due to the filth comming from a republicans mouth, starting with romney/ryan.

      November 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. T Fabs

    It's kinda bizarre; in most sane countries of the world, a slimy character like Romney would not even get this far. It's almost like watching a horror movie, but in 4D! God help us all if Romney becomes the next POTUS.

    November 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Portland tony

    We Americans are in the process of voting for the next President. Not the next God. Little will change in your day to day life no matter who is victorious. Presidents can say a lot, but most is political rhetoric. With the ideologues in Congress nothing...I mean nothing substantial will change...

    November 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 1608

    What is sad is Mitt has a plan and his supporters think they know what it is.

    November 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
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