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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Twelve States To Watch in 2012 Presidential Election -
USA Today has a new poll out which shows how close the race for president will be in 2012. 270 electoral votes are needed for victory and most political analysts agree the vote outcome in a majority of the states is already known with President Obama receiving 196 electoral votes and the Republican candidate receiving 191.

12 swing states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin will determine the winner.

The USA Today poll shows Obama trailing Romney 48%-43% and Newt Gingrich 48%-45% in these swing states. USA Today has more here.


Obama Reelection Looking Up -
the reelection of President Obama is buoyed by the ever changing Republican front runner along with promising economic news and the ending of the war in Iraq. The Washington Post has more here.


Romney and Gingrich Exchange Blows in New Hampshire -
publicly attacking each other on how they became rich. Romney said Gingrich made his wealth from being a political insider and Gingrich returned fore by saying Romney was a ruthless corporate titan. has more here.


Supreme Court Decisions To Impact 2012 Election -
Immigration, which was seemingly taken off the table as an issue in the 2008 election, will receive attention as the Supreme Court rules on the Arizona Immigration Law. This is in addition to a decision on the health care reform law and the redistricting of House seats in Texas. The NY Times has more here.


Battle For Control of Senate Promises To Be Brutal -
Democrats enjoy a slight majority of 53-47 with Independents Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and Joe Lieberman (Conn.) included.

There will be 33 Senate contests in 2012 with Democrats defending 23 seats and Republicans defending 10. has a good read on what to look for in 2012 here.


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