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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.

Arturistar September 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Obama's vision seems to be more in line with the socialist communism or Islam. Not what America was founded on. I think he might be happier living somewhere else, except he likes the millionaire lifestyle he has here in America. Has anyone noticed that he is no longer wearing the flag of the US on his lapel, but had his own version of a flag with his campaign logo where the stars should be and a few reddish stripes where the stripes should be. How un-American is that?
Arturistar September 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
One only has to look at what a mess the world is in now to see that Obama knows nothing about Foreign Affairs or how to manage them. Heck, he isn't even trying, as his priorieties are appearing on Dave Letterman and joking around with other Hollywood stars. He is failing in so many ways and our country is dearly paying the price. It is almost too much to bear to see what he is doing to our great country.
Arturistar September 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Romney just released his 2011 Income Taxes as he promised he would. The results show a man of honor and integrity -- see details below. Now it is time for Obama to release all his secret records, like his college records, his "real" birth certificate, and his ties to Chicago thugs. Isn't it strange that people who attended Harvard and took the same courses -- yet not one of them remember Obama. Not one old girl friend or old male friends have surfaced. Very strange to be so secretive but he wants Romney to be unrealistically open. I have always wondered what he is hiding. Don't you? Mitt and Ann Romney donated about $4 million -- about 30 percent of their income -- to charity in 2011, though they only claimed a deduction of about $2.25 million from those donations, according to the campaign. That means the Romneys voluntarily paid a higher tax rate than they were legally required, which the campaign said they did in order to stay consistent with Romney's pledge to never play less than a 13 percent tax rate. "He has been clear that no American need pay more than he or she owes under the law," said spokeswoman Michele Davis. "At the same time, he was in the unique position of having made a commitment to the public that his tax rate would be above 13 percent. He directed his preparers to ensure that he is consistent with that statement."
Gary Ruppert September 23, 2012 at 01:57 AM
The fact is, liberals are always wrong about the facts and logic. Obama has done nothing but take money from the productive and give it to minorites. He is killing all the jobs, we need to reward Job Creators with the Freedom they need to save us, not run them out of the country with runious taxes that stifle inovation and stopping the layabouts from the class warfare of Occupy Thugs, like blow up bridges.
Keith Best September 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
If you're out of work or know someone who is, you better hope that Romney/ Ryan win. They will bring prosperity back for ALL. Obama is the impediment to the economy growing.

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