Checking on the 2012 presidential race. The latest available information shows that President Obama is either faring well for re-election ... or still has a fight on his hands.
The latest tracking (as of Sept. 27) by the Huffington Post shows the president can claim more than 300 electoral votes, well above the 271 total needed to win the election. This includes electoral votes from swing states that supposedly are "leading" to Obama, such as Colorado and Virginia.
However, interactive maps by The Washington Post and USA TODAY differ (see links below). Both of those maps show that the presidential race still is tight, with Obama claiming less than 200 electoral votes.
Ohio, always a crucial presidential battleground, is put solidly in the "blue" category by Huffington Post. However, it is labeled "toss-up" or "leaning for Obama" by the other maps. As many reports have noted, no GOP president has won without winning Ohio, which went for George W. Bush in both 2000 and 2004.
Of course, the election won't be held until November, so plenty could still change. Bookmark this article so you can keep up with the latest data.
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