November 6, 2012 |
It's all about swing states in today's presidential election. So here's another swing-state nugget, courtesy of Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. Swing-state stocks have outpaced the Standard & Poor's 500 index during President Obama's first term. That's based on the collective performance of companies that are either based in a swing state or that do a lot of business there. Quiz: Test your knowledge of business news The S&P 500 has notched an average annual gain of 12.1% during the Obama administration.
November 5, 2012 |
VIENNA, Ohio - This is Paul D. Ryan's second-to-last day as a vice presidential nominee, and the congressman seems to be relishing his last few hours on the trail, reveling in the rock-star-like rallies as crowds chant for him and cheer his name. Ryan held five rallies in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin the day before Tuesday's election, telling crowds in his second-to-last rally of the night, in an airport hangar near Youngstown, Ohio: “We're in the home stretch. This is the final countdown.
November 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - After a final cross-country campaign whirl by both candidates, President Obama heads into election day riding a slim lead in enough key states to secure a second term, while Mitt Romney remains competitive and could yet unseat him. National polling showed late voter movement toward Obama, raising the possibility that the election might not drag out for days and weeks of wrangling over disputed ballots, as some feared. The president continued to maintain a slight edge in the vast majority of swing-state opinion polls, though his advantage typically remained within the surveys' margins of error, leaving the contest statistically tied.
November 4, 2012 |
MORRISVILLE, Pa. - Trying to quilt together a patchwork of states that would give him the White House, Mitt Romney ricocheted around the country Sunday, arguing that he represented true change and that reelecting the president would mean a continuation of the status quo: chronic unemployment, high energy prices and increased dependence on government. Romney said Obama had promised much but had fallen "so very short. " "Talk is cheap, but a record is real and it's measured in achievements," the Republican nominee said, bundled against the cold at his rally in a farm field.
November 4, 2012 |
CINCINNATI - It would be unfair to suggest that the fates of President Obama and Mitt Romney rest on the shoulders of two devoted partisans from opposite sides of Cincinnati. But Tim Burke and Alex Triantafilou know that after polls close Tuesday, one of them may be called a hero and the other, well, the opposite of that. "There will be people in the party who will seek to blame," Triantafilou said. "Absolutely. " He would know. Triantafilou, 42, is chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party.
November 2, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Even as the lion's share of attention in the presidential campaign goes to the battleground of Ohio and the storm-battered states of the Mid-Atlantic, the outcome to the south, in the nation's largest swing state, now seems very much in doubt. Mitt Romney moved into a lead here after the first presidential debate, and since then, aides have insisted that Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, sat solidly in their column. But with several polls showing President Obama's fortunes improving here and Democrats performing well in early voting - as of Thursday morning, they led by about 59,000 out of more than 3 million absentee and in-person early votes - Romney has had to devote precious hours to defending his position in the state.