This is it. Today, Americans will decide who will be the next president to lead the United States for the next four years. In Virginia, the race is extremely tight. The latest poll shows candidates President Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat with 48% of likely voters for Obama and 47% for Romney. The voting booths are now open in battleground Virginia and we’ll be following the details throughout the day. Randy Forbes is a Republican congressman from Virginia. A supporter of GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Rep. Forbes joins us live this morningfrom the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Virginia with the latest on the momentum in his man’s campaign.
Governor Romney is still campaigning today, hitting Ohio and Pennsylvania. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien asks Rep. Forbes whether this means Romney is worried and must campaign until the final second. “I don’t think do,” Rep Forbes says, citing the enthusiasm for Romney in the crowds in his state of Virginia. “I think the governor’s excited. I think he sees this momentum and I think wants to take advantage of all of it. And I think that all of these states are coming into play.”
Rep. Forbes also responds to tweets by Nate Silver from the New York Times, in which Silver said President Obama has a 91% chance of winning the Electoral College. Rep. Forbes refutes the claim and points out that some of these national polls, which Silver noted showed a “pretty clear shift to Obama,” only measure hundreds of people at a time. “We’ve been measuring thousands of people across Virginia. And if the excitement across the country is anything like it is in Virginia, I think it’s gonna be a new day in the country tomorrow.”
Rep. Forbes is also confident legal hurdles resulting from delays in polls due to Hurricane Sandy won’t stall a decision tonight. “I think we’re gonna have a pretty clear decision by the end of this evening,” Forbes says. “I don’t think Sandy’s gonna have a major impact on that decision.”