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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 President Obama to Republican nominee 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 the president is more likeable, but trust Mr. Romney more to handle the economy.

Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the 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.

Edward September 16, 2012 at 05:11 AM
I agree with the abolishment of the Federal Reserve. it was their doing that the interest rates were raised 14 times in 2005 that led to the melt down of the housing market and all those bail outs. Artifical manipulation of interest rates when everybody's interest rates were resetting screwed millions out of their homes. Home they could afford at 3% interest but not at 8% interest. Good point and i agree. What else could we do to make our economy work with less artificial intervention? (I will check out your noted web sites but just to shorten this discusion could you please indulge me). Thanks
Albert Rubio September 16, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Edward, >If we all were bone with our own private Gold Mine, the marxist Ideas would work very well because we would all have a reserve of wealth to draw from. 1. If we all had a private gold mine, would this solve our problems? 2. Why use gold?, Why not make money from wood chips, it is possible for everyone to grow trees to make money. 3. The gov't can print money, why not just give everyone money (you can name the amount). That should solve the problems right? 4. or how about declaring that every penny we own is now one dollar, so our net worth is increased by 100 times overnight. Would this solve our economic problems?
Mark September 20, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I hope you enjoy your trip... please don't come back
Mark September 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Enjoy your trip....please don't come back
Edward December 24, 2012 at 07:03 AM
How did you reserect this old Post? Zombie Posts! Funny how all my posts back in September were true and America Re-Elected President obama and how the GOP wants still to TAX the Middle Middle class, if the rich that support them, have to pay more. I personally am willing to pay more Taxes because I have seen with my own eyes how other people live in counties and we get "Bang for our Buck" here in America. As goofy as Congress and the President Seem, sometimes, I feel Living in California, USA is a privilage. So do 4 million Imigrants who came here legally the past 15 years. How much do you love America. I served in the Armed Forces and served in Viet Nam because I wanted to make a difference, even thou I did not Agree with the War politicly, i still served. All I hear is Sour Grapes from the die hard Republicans instead of "how can I get Involved to solve the Debts and Great Society programs that make the USA #1. You do nkow that Congress Writes the Bills that become Laws once signed by the President. Business loves and expands when congress is divided and there will be very little chance of change, Business loves the "status quo" and manipulates the existing law to maximise Profits. Profits are way up and PEs are at historic lows because people are living in fear and won't buy into the market. Corporations, though, are buying back stocks with excess Cash that could have been shared as taxes or dividents to stock holders. I retired at age 55 because i can.

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