If you are like me and live in a state that has already an insurmountable lead for President Obama’s re-election you might be tempted to vote third party, but it is still important for you to vote for Obama. Why? The popular vote total. The pundits and headlines will continue to say the race is tied. Forget the electoral college which in most estimates have Obama now over the 279 mark with some headed to 300. No it is the popular vote where there is potential trouble.
Willard Mitt is too close for comfort. This morning Nate Silver puts it at 50.6 to 48.3 or a 2.3% margin for the President. The margin of error is 2.1. Much of the Romney vote comes from Red States and that is what is making it look close. Unless Obama wins both the popular vote and the electoral college, the Republicans can complain about the results. You know they will. They are already beginning to blame Hurricane Sandy for the loss.
Of course, we won’t know until the votes are counted how things will turn out. Polls can be wrong and folks like Nate depend on aggregating polls, but as an Obama supporter, I do feel hopeful.
Also it looks as if Elizabeth Warren will beat Senator Scott Brown. Let’s hope that’s the last time I have to call him that! And better yet, it is beginning to look like my old friend, Tim Kaine, will win in Virginia.
This shows President Clinton, President Obama and Tim Kaine. This is an important sign: The Democratic Senate candidate is not running from the President. In a purple state.
So if you live in a blue state, don’t be thinking your vote for Obama doesn’t matter because it does.