Election 2012: The Voters, the Map and the Math


THE FINAL NUMBERS: President Obama opened a slim edge in the last ABC News-Washington Post tracking poll before Election Day ABC News pollster Gary Langer writes: Barack Obama has inched to a slim advantage in the closing days of the 2012 presidential race, breaking out of a long-running deadlock with Mitt Romney to a 50-47 percent contest in the final-weekend tracking poll by ABC News and The Washington Post. While still lacking a majority in vote preference, Obama has reached 51 percent job approval, matching his best this year; extended his advantage in better understanding Americans' economic problems; and moved to within a single point of Romney in trust to handle the economy, reversing a 9-point Romney lead on the central issue of the campaign.

ON OBAMA'S AGENDA: The president wakes up in his Chicago Hyde Park home and will spend much of the day making a last get-out-the vote push in a series of local radio and TV interviews, ABC's Mary Bruce reports. Keeping with his Election Day tradition, Obama will play basketball with his buddies this afternoon. The Obama staff is feeling optimistic about today's results and nostalgic as the president's self-described "final campaign" comes to a close. On the campaign trail yesterday, his top aides were spotted wearing matching gear from the 2008 campaign, and several of the president's advisers have superstitiously grown beards for good luck.

    ON ROMNEY'S AGENDA: No rest for the Republican presidential candidate. He started his day by casting his ballot at the Beech Street Center in Belmont, Mass. and is now on his way to Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pa. for get-out-the-vote events. Tonight he returns to Massachusetts to attend an Election night watch party at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

    ELECTION DAY 2012 has arrived. Here are the ABC News battleground state rankings.

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