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Swing Vote Smaller Than Usual, But One-in-Five Still Not Certain – Pew Research Center

Compared with many previous elections at this point in the campaign, more voters this year say they are absolutely certain to vote for their chosen candidate. Only 22% of registered voters (and 18% of likely voters) can be classified as swing voters (undecided, only leaning toward a candidate, or say there is a chance they might change their mind).

Four years ago, 27% of voters were still open to persuasion at this point in the campaign. Between 1992 and 2000, about three-in-ten voters in September were not yet certain about their choice.

Swing Vote Smaller Than Usual, But One-in-Five Still Not Certain

In a survey conducted Sept. 12-16, 43% of all registered voters say they are certain to vote for Barack Obama, while 35% say they are certain to vote for Mitt Romney. Among less certain Obama voters, 3% only lean to him and 5% say they might change their mind. Among less certain Romney voters, 3% only lean to the Republican, while 3% say there is a chance they might vote for Obama. Just 7% of voters decline to indicate any preference between the candidates. Read more …

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Campaign 2012 and the Media – Pew Research Center

After winning the first two nominating contests, Mitt Romney is getting more negative news coverage heading into Saturday’s South Carolina primary than he has at any time so far in the GOP race.

Meanwhile, Ron Paul, the Libertarian described in many press accounts as having little chance of winning the nomination, is enjoying the most positive coverage of any candidate.

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McCain Backs Romney After Santorum’s Surge in Iowa – NYTimes.com

Mitt Romney marked his arrival in New Hampshire on Wednesday with an endorsement by Senator John McCain, one of the state’s favorite …

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So Much Fun. So Irrelevant. – NYTimes.com

Two things have struck me about the Republican presidential candidate debates leading up to the Iowa caucuses. One is how entertaining they were. The other is how disconnected they were from the biggest trends shaping the job market of the 21st century. What if the 2012 campaign were actually about the world in which we’re living and how we …

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Congress Delays Political Struggle – NYTimes.com

When Congress handily passed a bill to set payroll tax rates, jobless benefits and Medicare doctors’ fees for the next two months, it seemed to end an epic …

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Payroll Tax Battle With G.O.P. Gives Lift to Obama – NYTimes.com

After a long stretch of high unemployment, legislative turmoil and, in turn, slipping public approval, President Obama seemed to regain his political footing this week with the help of House Republicans, whose handling of a standoff over …

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Most Hilarious Gaffes of Campaign 2012 | Julian Brookes | Rolling Stone

Presidential politics is serious stuff, and when you’re talking about the GOP nomination race and the prospect of one of those guys getting the keys to the White House, it can be downright scary. So, let’s be thankful the contest has provided plenty of inadvertent comic relief along …

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News Desk: Newt, the Jews, and an “Invented” People : The New Yorker

Late last week, as part of a Republican pander-fest for the Jewish vote—what Jon Stewart aptly called a “tuchus kiss-off”—Newt Gingrich, the frontrunner in Iowa and South Carolina, turned on the spigot of his pedantry and called the Palestinians …

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Obama Strikes Populist Chord With Speech in Kansas – NYTimes.com

Laying out a populist argument for his re-election next year, President Obama ventured into the conservative heartland on Tuesday to deliver his most pointed appeal yet for a strong governmental role through …

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