Election Day: Right says Romney wins handily, focus on Ohio and more [AM Briefing]

Obama and Romney begin final push with only hours until Election Day: For Republican challenger Mitt Romney, this last full day of campaigning is aimed at achieving what he has seemingly been unable to do over the first 522 days: overcome President Obama’s razor-thin but steady leads in the states where the election will be decided.  (Washington Post)


Prediction: Romney Beats Obama, Handily: “Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections. That’s bad news for Barack Obama. True, Americans want to think well of their presidents, and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president. But it’s also true that most voters oppose Obama’s major policies and consider the very sluggish economic recovery unsatisfactory — Friday’s job report showed an unemployment uptick,” writes AEI’s Michael Barone. (National Review)

Romney wins on Tuesday: “I’m going to make my predictions on this race based on more than just the polls. Over the past few months there have been many indicators that this race is going to be drastically different from the one we saw in 2008 — Romney’s crowd sizes, volunteer efforts, fundraising efforts, and a change in the Obama campaign from presenting the candidate as an uplifting symbol of hope to presenting him as a beleaguered president trying to claw his way to reelection,” writes Josh Jordan. (National Review)

“The latest Columbus Dispatch poll, released on Sunday, reinforces that trend. President Obama’s lead stands at 2 points, 50%-48%. Obama leads by 15 points among those who have or will cast an early ballot (about 40% of voters). Romney leads by 11 among those who plan to vote tomorrow. More than 1.6 million Ohioans have already cast an early ballot,” writes AEI’s Henrik Temp. (AEI)

President of Florida-based company threatens to fire employees if Romney loses. (ThinkProgress)

Obama the virtual challenger: “In these last days of the race, Obama counts on the news of Sandy turning attention away from Romney’s October momentum, to photo-ops of himself in a monogrammed bomber jacket trying to look presidential. The more Benghazi creeps into the news, the stranger the silence from the Obama administration. But the real story is that almost all of the hope of 2008 has ended in the fear and loathing of 2012,” writes Victor Davis Hanson. (National Review)

“In the wake of the failures of George W. Bush’s presidency, Republicans would ascribe their party’s problems to Bush as a big-spender, ignoring the major culprits in the country’s fiscal troubles: a downturn that began on their watch, and their own support for two tax cuts at a time of two wars. They would block, obstruct, stall and denounce all of Obama’s initiatives, and abuse the rules of the Senate to demand that every bill would need 60 votes,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Politico’s Arena asks: As results roll in tomorrow night, do you think the media will be able to get the election story straight?  If so, will the media be able to regain any credibility with the public?

Room for Debate asks: What if the law allowed Americans to start that routine earlier? If teenagers under 18 could vote, how would the presidential candidates change their campaigns? What issues would students want them to concentrate on? (New York Times)

Heritage’s James Carafano: The zombie Congress. (Washington Examiner)

Looters and the NYPD: “The looting that besmirched New York’s otherwise admirable response to Hurricane Sandy carries a lesson for a trio of federal lawsuits now targeted at the NYPD. Let’s hope that the judge overseeing those suits deigns to take judicial notice,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald. (New York Post)

Cato’s Jim Harper: This would raise the price of cell phone service. (Cato)

Stephen McInerney of the Project on Middle East Democracy: Backing up rhetoric with action in Bahrain. (Washington Post)

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