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After the Conventions: Who's Your Choice, 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.

JAWDC September 07, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I totally agree!!
TP September 07, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Oh yes Lizz...Romney is going to take all your precious "body" rights! Give me a break..nobody cares about you and your body! Just a lame excuse by libs to validate their vote for the most destructive President this country has ever seen...all great societies have failed and this President is ensuring this one does as well.
stating the facts September 07, 2012 at 05:58 PM
If you want our country to be like Europe, then vote for Obama. But, if you want an America free from BIG government, vote Republican! We're the last outpost for FREEDOM.
Patti H September 07, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Lizz - how do you know that Romney is trying to tell you what you can do with your body? are you just listening to the media and the campaign ads? Campaign ads take things out of context and so does the majority of the media. I suggest you actually go to BOTH candidates websites and read what their plans are (not what they have to say about "the other guy", but what they actually say they will do). You might find that things are what you are led to believe OR you might find they are NOT what you are led to believe - just something to think about.
Steve September 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Wow Liz! Well once Obamacare kicks in full swing. The death panels will be telling us what we can and can't eat, drink, drive, smoke and everything else. Also which procedures you can and can't have. See I too can be as paranoid as the best of them.
TP September 07, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Oh so intelligent John...and just like Obama...no record to run on so you attack and hate..if your so gung ho for sharia law take all your hate and ignorance to the middle east.
John September 07, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Actually if you want our country to be like Europe, vote Romney. Austerity Measures. Look it up.
Liz Shockley September 07, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Everyone has their litmus test of what they absolutely can and cannot live with in a president and if Lizz has chosen this as hers, she is absolutely entitled to it. I agree that neither are ideal candidates. I'm not sure how anyone can be excited about either candidate. (And thanks to Patti H for the rationale response that actually contained meaningful content.)
Terry September 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. No way am I voting for Obama, everyone I know is doing worse than they were four years ago, let's be real here!
jake September 08, 2012 at 05:02 AM
We can complain of the big scary Government all we want but until money is removed from politics the only people getting what they want will be the wealthiest. If you can buy a vote, you can buy anything.... The country used to be a place where everyone got 1 vote, not 1 vote for every $ they have.
Really215 September 08, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Personally George ( Big Baby Bush ) put us in this predicament. The first 4yrs of presidency is the hardest for any president. Anyone who would have been elected would've been in the same boat. I think with another term we will pull out of this rut that we're all in...
Steve A September 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Obama always blames Bush for every problem but never credits Bush for successes, like the intelligence programs put in place that killed Bin Laden.
Greg Marchand September 08, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Romney killed KB Toys, i loved that store, I'll vote for Obama.
Michelle Hazlett September 08, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Why do these questions always come with people bashing other people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and everyone has the right to vote whatever way they want. There is no reason to name call or say that someone is wrong. This race is becoming nothing but name calling and bullying on both sides. It is a shame and I think both sides should realize that the future leaders of our country are listening and watching. They should be setting an example for our kids and not be childish and nasty.....I am voting for Obama, he deserves another shot and maybe with some cooperation from the House he can get things done.
Liz Shockley September 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I wish there was a "like" button for this comment.
Liz Shockley September 08, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Exactly, Michelle. If this is the way people think they draw others to their candidate, well, it's not happening and it's not endearing people to their plight. Plus, keep in mind that we all have to work with one another after the election. I wouldn't take anyone seriously who has the attitude of some of those above.
David September 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
@steve, haha, death panels. Turn off Faux News and get a grip on news reality.
don dunkin September 09, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Death Panels Those 'death panels' hide in plain sight http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20120819/OPINION03/208190321/Those-death-panels-hide-plain-sight UK’s Death Panels Kill, Obamacare Won’t Be Different http://www.westernjournalism.com/uks-death-panels-kill-obamacare-wont-be-different/ Brain surgeon confirms Death Panels http://www.therightscoop.com/shock-brain-surgeon-confirms-obamacare-rations-care-has-death-panels/
Mike Shortall Sr September 09, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I'm curious ... How does one "buy votes"?
Mike Shortall Sr September 09, 2012 at 03:11 AM
It's funny that people think President Obama deserves a second chance at improving the economic situation. What exactly did he do to improve it during the first four years? GM? Great ... Good move. What else? The healthcare bill? Please .... That was Liberals pushing through a Pet Project because they had Congressional control. For Democrats to whine that the Republican side of Congress didn't cooperate enough after the 2010 midterms does nothing to explain the total lack of Economic Leadership and Initiative by President Obama and his Congressional leadership ... not a single budget proposed, and the findings of The President's own Simpson-Bowles study completely ignored. So what exactly leads people to believe that things will be better the second time around is beyond me.
Scott Johnson September 09, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Simpson-Bowles study was dead on arrival, as soon as it asked for tax increases, everyone involved knew that one party was not going to play ball. (the republicans on that commission didn't even endorse it!) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2121647,00.html Ummm.. The white house has submitted a Budget proposal every year http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/apr/06/mitt-romney/romney-says-obama-failed-pass-budget/ Lets see suggested white house job initiatives. There was the Jobs bill, which the republicans balked at as a second stimulus. (plus to pay for itself it actually had some tax raising aspects oh no!) http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/subjects/economy/ a bunch of random stuff there. A stimulus bill that was smaller then he wanted. As well as numerous other tax credits and cuts done to stimulate other parts of the economy as well as trade agreements signed. and your derp about the Healthcare law, it's great to just disregard a giant change in the way our healthcare is provided as just a pet project by liberals (most liberals would have gone for the public option or Universal Healthcare and not some Romenycare clone. ) I could keep going. Things are not great, but they are definitely better then 4 years ago when credit was completely locked up, the economy was in freefall and it looked like we were going to be going into a depression worse then the great one.
DD September 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Please stop the name-calling. Let's have intelligent, informed debate in a respectful fashion, Our country deserves better --- hear that, Congress? Oh, statesmanship and compromise, where art thou? DD
Mike Shortall Sr September 09, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Yes, yes ... We know, Scott. He junked the Simpson-Bowles plan because it would be too difficult. Same thing with the Failure to Lead when it came to seeing through a single budget proposal. Just drop it already ... "Way too difficult for ME to do!" Simpson-Bowles, as the President's very own commission, should have been the jumping off point for serious negotiations. Instead, he dropped it like a hot potato! Leadership sometimes means trying the difficult-to-impossible if for no other reason than it sets a framework for potential progress in the future. Personally, I can't figure out the Lack of Courage to push and push, because - as a "leader" - it's part of the job to use all your political capital and resources to get the job done. It's been obvious that not only did President Obama lack the will to do what was necessary, but that he also lacked a chunk of support from his own party in Congress. Complete Lack of Leadership ...
g.mullikin September 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
What tops the list of funny things is that a great many think that we should give the reins back to the same folks that got us into the economic ditch we have been struggling to get out of. Perhaps amnesia? Come to think of it, it's not funny at all.
g.mullikin September 09, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Seriously, Don. You've got a whole lot of nothing in these links. Please tell us you are not really basing your decisions on this tripe. I'm sure you can do better.
g.mullikin September 09, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Try to think of it this way for a moment: Four years ago (right up to September, 2008) we were living in a financial bubble. Sure we were doing great and thought it would never end, but what we can see now is that much of what we had, was built on financial falsehoods that were allowed to exist by the cozy relationship between wall-street and the politicians. The bubble had to burst - and it did. Let's not go back for more bubble-and-burst economy. Even those who advocated for the repeal of Glass-Steagal (see CEO of Citibank) says that it was a mistake. Much easier to see that in hindsight, obviously. We need to ask who among the candidates is most likely to push for better oversight in order avoid a repeat.
Keith Best September 09, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Here are the job numbers the media is not reporting about the August job numbers that just came out. This is what the media is telling you...and it's true. "The unemployment rate dropped from 8.3% to 8.1%. 96,000 jobs created in August." Here are numbers they are NOT telling you: 1) 368,000 people STOPPED looking for work in August. Meaning they CANNOT be counted as unemployed. These people have no more unemployment benefits to claim and have realized there are zero jobs out there for them. If you were to re-calculate those numbers and include the people who are no longer looking for work, the unemployment rate would be 12%. This number does not include the UNDEREMPLOYED, or the people who have stopped looking for work over the past 3 years; that number would be an astonishing 23%. 2) 69% of men are working. Meaning 31% are not. The lowest % of working men since the 1940's. 3) The number of employed Americans is at the lowest number in the past 31 years. An incredible number considering there are more people now in the USA than there were in 1981. 4) A record high of 88,921,000 Americans whom are not in the civilian labor force. 5) Manufacturers have cut the most jobs in August than at anytime in the past two years. 6) The supposed "job growth" each month is LESS THAN the number of people LEAVING the workforce every month. People leaving the work force CANNOT be counted as unemployed.
Ying Or Yang September 09, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I am not impressed with either candidate. Obama will never get anything done without a majority in the House and Senate. Romney flip flops back and forth and is not an intelligent man. The presidents dont relly control the economy anyway. The problem is the large Corporations run the economy. We need to use the existing Anti-Monopoly laws to break up the the large coorporations so we can have more competition. No one can open a store and compete with Wallmart, Home Depot, or any of these super chains. The Super Chains will only hire part time so they dont have to pay benefits and you cant open your own hardware store and compete. As long as Large Coorporations care more about the shareholders than the people they employ this economy will never get any better no matter which idiot gets elected.
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Every voter needs to read this excellent article... Very well worth your time... http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ These are pretty good as well: http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012

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