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After the Conventions: Who Will Win the 2012 Presidential Election, Obama or Romney?

Now that the Democratic and Republican delegates have officially chosen their nominees, Patch wants to know: Who are you betting on?

It's official: With President Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Charlotte Thursday night, both the Republicans and Democrats have formally chosen their nominees for the 2012 presidential election. Let the real race begin.

A lot can change between now and Nov. 6: Gaffes, scandals or even major international news events could shift the dynamics of the campaign.

The latest Gallup Polls show registered voters preferring Obama to Mitt Romney by just one percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken just before the party conventions found American voters think Obama is more likeable, but trust Romney more to handle the economy.

Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the major-party candidates on various factors: incumbent advantage, fundraising clout, even religion.

Patch wants to know: Regardless of who you support for President, who do you think will actually claim victory in November?

Vote in our poll below, and let us know your reasoning in the comments.

Diane M. September 14, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I recommend you get your facts right. Try thinking about who and how the country got in this mess in the first place. In case you didn't know- It was NOT OBAMA! As for jobs, Romney has not even stated what his plans are/will be. Romney has changed his mind faster than the blink of an eye, on very important issues. He has no clue how to communicate with people and seems to insult people no matter where he goes. Look at the mess he has made by mentioning things that he has know clue on. Have you even watched the news lately. He has so much money over seas and pays less taxes than we do. How could you trust anyone who changes like a light switch and can't articulate what he plans to do. He has know clue what or how he'll handle an issue, he can't even answer a question right. I watched both conventions and was embarrassed for the Romney folks as I have never seen such disrespectful behavior in any election. Not to mention that Obama administration was not allowed to do as much as they could have because so many things were voted down. It is a fact that the Republicans planned to go against everything , or as much of, the ideas the Obama administration proposed. That's a fact. Too bad your dislike of someone can blind you.
V. Scheurich September 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
The Democratic Party and their ideology and rhetoric and liberal policies have now led America and the world to riots and death. The Leader of the free world, Barack Obama, does NOT care about America and actually does NOT care what happens to Americans. He talks a good game but won't walk his talk: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2012/09/13/unreal_obama_skipped_daily_intel_briefing_immediately_following_assassination_of_us_ambassador
Joseph Robert September 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Attention Virginia Seniors on Medicare and All Others Using Government Assistance!!! This is what Mitt Romney thinks of you and ALL OF AMERICANS dependent on government support: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them.” “..my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives” Mitt Romney, speaking at fundraiser, Spring 2012 Watch the video at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/mitt-romney-trashes-the-47-percent/2012/09/17/f3ef2b6e-0116-11e2-9367-4e1bafb958db_blog.html Mitt Romney: He thinks you act like a VICTIM!
Josh McCullough September 21, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Gary Johnson 2012!
Jane J. September 23, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Look at how many people came out for Chick-fil-a day on August 1st. Look at how many people have seen the movie 2016:Obama's America. Look at how much money Mitt Romney made immediately after choosing Paul Ryan as his VP candidate. I think there's a big bit of news the secular media is keeping from us. They are trying to direct this campaign, not tell us the truth.

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