Romney takes his first Electoral College lead
posted at 3:20 pm on October 18, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
Since the debate on Tuesday, which many analysts ceded to President Obama, mainly on strength of his having shown, the term comeback kid has been getting play among liberal pundits. Yet, this afternoon’s Real Clear Politics Electoral Map suggests goaway kid (or maybe just, “Go away, kid!”) is a more fitting description.
The map for the first time gives challenger Mitt Romney a lead of 206 to 201 over Obama in Electoral College votes. Strikingly, the map has Florida (with 29 Electoral votes), Michigan (with 16), Ohio (with 18), Pennsylvania (with 20), Virginia (with 13), and Wisconsin (with 10) all in the toss-up column. In addition, North Carolina, with its 15 Electoral votes, has moved from toss-up to “lean Romney.”
On the popular vote side of the tally board, Romney has opened up a 1-point lead with 47.7% to Obama’s 46.7%. The Intrade odds, however, continue to show the president with a commanding 63% to 36.9% lead. Also the Electoral College map with no toss-ups still gives Obama a victory with 294 votes to Romney’s 244.
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