Polling stations opened across the eastern United States and parts of the Midwest as dawn broke. At least 120 million Americans were expected to vote on giving Obama a second term or replacing him with Romney.
Election century The defining issues of the U.S. elections in 1908 and 2008 charted similar territory — a banking crisis, a loss of consumer confidence and a plummeting economy. With less than a month to go before the 2012 election, the National Post looks back at a century of election results and the issues of the day. (Graphic by Richard Johnson/National Post)
Mark Steyn: The Sesamization of America Mitt Romney’s decision to strap Big Bird to the roof of his station wagon and drive him to Canada has prompted two counterarguments from Democrats: (1) Half-a-billion dollars is a mere rounding error in the great sucking maw of the federal budget, so why bother? (2) Everybody loves Sesame Street, so Mitt is making a catastrophic strategic error. On the latter point, whether or not everybody loves Sesame Street, everybody has seen it, and every American under 50 has been weaned on it. So far this century it’s sold nigh on a billion bucks’ worth of merchandising sales (that’s popular toys such as the Subsidize-Me-Elmo doll). If Sesame Street is not commercially viable, then nothing is, and we should just cut to the chase and bail out everything. (Illustration by Steve Murray/National Post)
Not that the two remaining no-hopers are planning to “suspend” their campaigns. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich plan to hang in there until the convention, though neither has the money, support or serious potential to win. Neither has much else to do: Paul says he won’t run for another term in Congress, and Gingrich is an attention junkie who can’t bring himself to abandon the rush he gets from spouting off in public. But only Romney can win.
When Mitt Romney was asked if he followed NASCAR, he replied: ““Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.” Maybe he met them through his wife, who owns a “couple of Cadillacs”
Colorado student charged in ‘glitter bomb’ of Mitt Romney A Colorado student faced misdemeanor charges on Wednesday for flinging glitter toward Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in an increasingly frequent protest act some commentators say should be subject to prosecution.
The practice of “glitter bombing” has mainly been the domain of gay rights activists targeting Republican politicians and other public figures who oppose same-sex marriage.
University of Colorado Boulder student Peter Smith, 20, who faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted, said he has no regrets about his protest. (Photo: Ben Garvin/Getty Images; Craig Lassig/Reuters)
Analysis: Mitt Romney withstands the attack deluge … for now Maybe being the presidential campaign’s symbol of capitalism isn’t so bad after all. After the two worst days of his run for the Republican nomination — days in which even foes within his party branded him as an elitist job killer — former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney seemed to be on top of the world. (Photo: Reuters/AFP/Getty Images)
And because it is the first primary, it can make or break a contender’s momentum.
In other words, New Hampshire may be small, but its influence on U.S. politics is huge.
So what will it take for Republican presidential wannabes to win this key primary? Well first off, the nominees better forget all that stuff about wining votes through new-fangled notions like social media.
To be successful in New Hampshire requires old-fashioned “retail” campaigning, namely lots of baby-kissing, hand-shaking and Town Hall-attending. Simply put, “Granite Staters”, as they call themselves, want to see candidates up close.
But he suffers from a real problem — the more people see of him, the less they seem to like him.
In Iowa, he won the Republican caucuses on Jan. 3 despite not growing his support at all in the four years since the 2008 campaign.
New Hampshire is Romney’s second home — people here know him as well as anybody — and yet Suffolk University’s tracking poll has shown his support slipping in each of the past four days he has campaigned here.
So maybe it was a mistake for Ron Paul to take umbrage with the badgering he was getting on CNN about racist newsletters that were published under his name 20 years ago. Under cross-examination by CNN’s Gloria Borger, Paul got increasingly upset at the questioning and finally unclipped his microphone and left. Bad idea, because the storm-out is sure to get more attention than the original interview would have. And that in turn will attract more attention to the newsletters, which Paul has been trying to explain away for a decade or more.