Road to deadlock: Prospect of a U.S. presidential tie now ‘startlingly real’ As election day nears in the United States, the race is coming down to nine toss-up states. And, according to CNN, the “prospect is startlingly real” that it may end in a tie — President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney may both win 269 Electoral College, if current trends continue. (Illustration: Richard Johnson/National Post)
Obama led Romney among likely voters by a statistically insignificant margin of 1 percentage point, 47% to 46%. The four-day online tracking poll includes some responses taken after the two candidates’ final televised debate, but the full impact will not register for several days.
Obama maintains a larger advantage in the state-by-state battle that will determine the outcome of the election. Ipsos projects that Obama holds an edge in the most hotly contested states, including Florida, Virginia and Ohio, and is likely to win by a relatively comfortable margin of 332 electoral votes to 206 electoral votes.
Mourdock, who’s been locked in one of the country’s most watched Senate races, was asked during the final minutes of a debate with Democratic challenger Rep. Joe Donnelly whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.
“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” Mourdock said. (Indiana Debate Commission / The Associated Press)
Women don’t get pregnant from ‘legitimate rape,’ Republican Senate nominee says Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, caused a public outcry Sunday over his claim that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant because the female body can prevent unwanted pregnancies. The Republican, who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill was made the unusual claim to defend his opposition to abortion rights for rape victims.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
The Republican nominating process is still a close race, and this year’s Super Tuesday races could mean more than they have in years. The National Post delves into each of the ten states which will vote on March 6 and who it looks like they are voting for.
Anticipating victory in Florida’s game-changing Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, Mitt Romney looked ahead while his struggling rival Newt Gingrich vowed to press on with his White House quest.
Mitt Romney in commanding lead as Florida polls open Florida’s Republican voters go to the polls on Tuesday in a high-stakes presidential primary election, with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney holding a commanding double-digit lead in polls over rival Newt Gingrich.
Florida is the largest state to hold a presidential primary so far this year and a Romney victory would give him a big boost in the state-by-state battle to decide who will face President Barack Obama in the November election.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. local time. Most of the state is on Eastern Time, except the western Panhandle region, which is on Central Time and where polls will close an hour later.
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Donald Trump says he’s not running for president Donald Trump announced Monday he won’t run for the U.S. presidency in 2012, after all. The New York real estate tycoon made the announcement Monday after months of teasing the American public and toying with the nation’s political media by musing he was serious about challenging for the Republican presidential nomination.
"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)