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November 6th, 2012
10:31 AM ET

Which candidate spent the most time in swing states? Christine Romans breaks down the numbers

Christine Romans on which states got the most attention from Mitt Romney and President Obama before Election Day.

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November 6th, 2012
10:06 AM ET

Does the election end tonight? CNN Contributors Ana Navarro and Roland Martin weigh potential vote splits

After a whirlwind of an election season, today is finally the day Americans decide who will be sitting in the oval office for the next four years.

Some early polling stations are just opening up in states around the country. CNN Contributor and Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin join our election coverage and share their Election Day roundup. They weigh the momentum and enthusiasm for the election and attempt to predict whether we will have a clear winner in D.C. tomorrow.

Martin thinks the winner will emerge tonight. “I don’t think it’s gonna drag on,” he says. “I don’t forsee Florida in 2000.”

However, there are already legal challenges and long lines at the polls in Florida today to imply a delay before the decision comes out.

“I don’t think it’s gonna be close enough for us to be recount,” Navarro interjects. She’s optimistic there won’t be a recount because “a recount finding is very divisive, long, difficult process,” Navarro says. “My hope is that this is over, if not tonight, at least tomorrow morning.”

Martin offers another distinction between the 2000 and the 2012 race. “The other difference is that the western states are gonna play key as well. And that’s Nevada and Colorado. We weren’t talking about those states in 2000, 2004.”

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November 6th, 2012
09:54 AM ET

Rep. Forbes says Romney 'excited,' sees momentum: 'It's going to be a new day in the country tomorrow'

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.”

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November 6th, 2012
09:03 AM ET

VIDEO: Billions made, spent in 2012 races – Christine Romans breaks down the numbers

Christine Romans breaks down the amount of money spent in campaign ads in the 2012 presidential and congressional races.

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November 6th, 2012
08:35 AM ET

Delaware Gov. Markell 'impressed' by President Obama's ground game in key states

A majority of polls are just now opening for voters in on the East Coast of the United States. The latest CNN national poll shows President Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat. They’re tied at 47% among likely voters’ choice for president. So it’s clear that anything can happen today. Obama Campaign surrovate Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del.) talks to Soledad on "Early Start" this morning with his take on the campaign in his state.

Gov. Markell says he feels good today. He’s excited to be on the ballot himself and feels optimistic for the president. “I’ve been really, really impressed by the President’s ground game in key states,” he says.

Gov. Markell 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.

“We’ll know soon enough,” Markell says. “But I think in the end, I’m not much of a pundit, and I think the great thing about getting to Election Day is what people like me think aren’t really that important compared to what all the voters think. And in the end we all put our faith, we all put our future in their hands. And that's as it should be.”

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November 6th, 2012
05:19 AM ET

Early Start Instant Poll: Who do you think will win the presidency today?

From "This Just In" blog:

The first presidential election results are in – and it's a tie.

President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, each received five votes in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.

The town in the state's northeast corner has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1960 – but today's tie was the first in its history. The town, home to about a dozen residents, has drawn national media attention for being the first place in the country to make its presidential preferences known.

The result in Dixville Notch is hardly a reliable bellwether for the eventual winner of the White House – or even the result statewide. Although the community typically leans Republican, residents went for Obama in 2008 – the first time the majority of folks in Dixville Notch went for a Democrat in 40 years.

This morning, we're asking you to look into your personal crystal ball to tell us who you think will win the presidency today. Vote in our poll below.

November 5th, 2012
11:48 AM ET

Magic electoral vote number: 270 – Christine Romans breaks down the math to win the presidency

In order to win the presidency, either campaign must secure 270 electoral votes.

CNN’s Christine Romans explores the other possibilities, such as the four 269-269 scenarios only taking into account the swing states.

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November 5th, 2012
08:04 AM ET

Romney Surrogate Sen. Portman: Momentum is on Romney's side, argues Jeep ad response 'disconnect'

Less than 24 hours until Election Day and tensions are high in Ohio. Eighteen electoral votes are still up for grabs in the crucial swing state, but the race is extremely close there. Both candidates will be spending time campaigning in Ohio today in a final attempt to win those votes. No Republican has won the presidency without it.

Romney campaign surrogate Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who played President Obama during debate prep with Mitt Romney, shares his take on the race in Ohio on "Early Start" this morning.

The latest CNN/ORC poll shows President Obama with a three-point lead within the margin of error in Ohio. CNN's Soledad O'Brien asks Sen. Portman whether he thinks Romney would have polled higher in Ohio had Portman been selected as running mate instead of Senator Paul Ryan.

“No,” he answers. “Paul’s got a terrific message…about how we can address these big challenges we face.”  Portman feels the enthusiasm and momentum is on the side of the Romney campaign regardless of the polls. And he points out a stronger GOP grassroots campaign.

O’Brien also asks about Ohio’s unemployment rate, which is now at 7% and below the national average, and whether voters might feel Ohio is doing well economically under Obama. "Well 7% is not doing ok,” Portman says. “If you look at the Ohio numbers on the question that pollsters love to ask, are you going on the wrong track or the right direction, our wrong track numbers are about like the rest of the country. Last month we lost 12,800 jobs in Ohio. So we're glad our unemployment numbers are about a point below the national average. But we don't think it's good enough.”

A Jeep ad released by the Romney campaign, which ran in Toledo, Ohio implies that Jeep is moving production and jobs from the United States to China. Politifact deemed the ad false. The heads of GM and Fiat spoke out against the ad as well. O’Brien asks Senator Portman whether he thinks it was a bad move for the campaign.

“It is true that Jeep now makes all of their jeeps in the United States of America, and they actually export jeeps to China, into the Asian market,” Portman says. “It is true, I believe, unless something has changed, that Fiat is planning on beginning production in China, for Jeeps that will be sold in China.”

O’Brien interjects, “but not move from the United States to China.”

“But that’s not what the ad says,” Portman says. “The ad says that Jeep is going to begin production in China.”

“The bigger issue for me is who’s gonna be better for these companies going forward? Portman answers. “They’re looking for regulatory relief, because they want to be able to compete globally. They want tax reform very badly, along the lines of what Mitt Romney has proposed, not what the President has proposed.”

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November 5th, 2012
07:26 AM ET

Voting problems, money race before Election Day – CNN contributors Ana Navarro & Roland Martin weigh in

We’re one day out from Election Day and CNN is covering this race from all angles. Live from Washington D.C. this morning, CNN contributors Ana Navarro and Roland Martin break down the latest swing state polls in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Ana Navarro says the 2012 race feels far different in Florida from the race four years ago and is too close to call. “There’s a lot more money,” Navarro says. “You know, four years ago McCain ran out of money. This year, one of the big differences we’re seeing I think in all of the swing states, is that Romney and Obama are fairly evenly matched, on the money race.”

Roland Martin touches on the problems concerning early voting in Florida and Ohio, where he feels there has been “voter suppression”. “Frankly Governor Rick Scott should be ashamed for them cutting those early voting days and also him barring voting on Sunday. That clearly was targeting African American churches and others who turned out in massive numbers on Sundays, “Martin says. “I can hear Republicans say anything they want to, but when you are purposely trying to cut hours and trying to restrict folks, you are trying to impact democracy.”

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November 5th, 2012
06:35 AM ET

Romney surrogate Rep. Diaz-Balart: Election will be close, Romney doing well because voter 'passion' for Obama 'isn't there'

Less than a day away from the end of the 2012 presidential race, CNN is bringing you the latest on the election. Battleground Florida is a close call for both candidates. The latest Miami Herald poll has Mitt Romney ahead by six points, while the latest Wall Street Journal poll has President Obama leading by two. This morning on "Early Start," Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) weighs in on the numbers. He is serves on the Romney campaign's Hispanic Steering Committee.

“The only poll obviously that matters is the last one,” Congressman Diaz-Balart says, “the one counted after all the votes are cast.” But he says he feels that Romney is doing well because “you do not see that passion that Obama in 2008” and “the economy is frankly struggling.”

The Hispanic vote is a key demographic nationwide and is crucial in Florida. Congressman Diaz-Balart responds to a recent Pew poll in which 66% of likely Latino voters choose Obama while 27% choose Romney. “I think you’re gonna see the Hispanic numbers getting much better for Governor Romney” in the swing states where the Romney campaign has focused, Congressman Diaz-Balart says. “However it’s an issue that we still have to deal with long term.”

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