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November 6, 2012
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National Pulse 
 
  • Eastern states could give early read on election winner
      
    Reuters
    Election-watchers might not have to stay up late to find out the next occupant of the White House, because three key eastern states will close their polls by 8 p.m. If Florida, Virginia and Ohio all go to one candidate or the other, it will be extremely hard for the opponent to make up the difference as the country's attention turns to late-closing western states. Bloomberg (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Reader Polls 
  • Today's poll: Who do you think will win the presidential election?
Barack Obama
Mitt Romney

  • Yesterday's poll results: When do you think we will know the results of the presidential election?
    Tuesday night  34.25%
    Wednesday  31.13%
    End of this week  18.25%
    Later  16.36%
Agenda Items 
  • Minority turnout will be deciding factor in 2012 race
      
    2008 electoral vote results/National Journal
    Barack Obama won just 43% of the white vote in 2008, and there's little sign that he'll improve on that performance in today's election. That leaves the president needing a high turnout among minority voters, whose support he expects to win by huge margins, in order to secure a second term. "While the message in 2012 has been dominated by the stagnant economy, it's also been an election colored by race and questions about whether the president has performed well enough to keep his minority base," notes Doris Nhan. National Journal (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Map Analysis: This election is about jobs ... or is it?
    Dive deeper into state-by-state unemployment data: http://smartblogs.com/finance/2012/11/06/is-election-really-jobs/  
    Source: Esri
    Sometimes it seems like jobs are all President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney want to talk about. But will the national unemployment rate really sway the race for the White House? This interactive look at state-by-state data suggests many states will not throw there electoral votes to one candidate or another based solely on the unemployment landscape. However, if the nine swing states all vote according to their respective unemployment situation, then Florida, not Ohio, will once again hold the keys to the White House. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Bringing the grown-up approach to a student-council race
    What if grown-ups ran middle-school elections? Resident political strategists John Oliver and Jason Jones of "The Daily Show" bring their expertise to a pair of eighth-grade student-council candidates. (Note: Viewer discretion is advised thanks to a few bleeps and a couple of rude gestures from the grown-ups. It is "The Daily Show," after all.) Comedy Central (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartQuote 
The Executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold office during the term of four years."
--Constitution of the United States of America, Article II, Section 1
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