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The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Nov 2012



The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Nov 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, November 6, 2012. NT NEWS. 15 THE ESSINGTON INTERNATIONAL SENIOR COLLEGE CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY THE BEST PASSPORT FOR A BETTER FUTURE PHONE (08) 8985 0100 www.essington.nt.edu.au VISUAL ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l WORLD Tea Party is not dead The Tea Party has been relatively quiet during the presidential election, but supporters of the Rightwing movement say it has not gone away. They say that the Tea Party is dead because were not probably as active out there with rallies, said Virginia party member Nancy Schiffman, 75. When the Tea Party first started . . . the rallies were the only way to express ourselves as a group. Now (people) know who we are. Most costly election President Barack Obama will have competed in the two most expensive US elections in history as the polls close this week. With both Mr Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney looking set to raise more than $US1 billion ($A971 million) with their parties, the 2012 presidential election will overtake the 2008 contest as the most expensive in history. Congress battle is crucial All eyes may be on the White House, but another electoral battle is also in the offing in the US today, with the results likely to determine just how much the next president can accomplish. In congress, the entire 435-member lower House of Representatives and one-third of the 100-member Senate will also be chosen by voters. But with most legislators safe in their seats, only a few races could determine control of the body. P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:6-NGE:15 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K is too close to call President Barack Obama greets a cheering crowd as he arrives at a campaign event at the University of Cincinnati Picture: CAROLYN KASTER/AP) What reallymatters iswhat happens in Ohio and Pennsylvania RealClearPolitics.com finds that President Obama is ahead of Mr Romney by just one tenth of a percentage point nationally, at 47.3 per cent to 47.2 per cent. But it finds that the President leads Mr Romney by 49.3 per cent to 46.5 in Ohio, where many expect the election will be decided. RealClearPolitics.com considers that President Obama will go into the election with a guaranteed 201 electoral college votes from loyal states, compared with Mr Romneys guaranteed 191. The winner will be the first to carve a path to amassing 270 electoral college votes. Both candidates need to win big in the 11 swing states, which offer a combined total of 146 votes. Many believe the President can win Colorado (9 votes), Michigan (16), Nevada (6), New Hampshire (4), Ohio (18), Pennsylvania (20) and Wisconsin (10), which would give him 83 and take him well past the needed 270 votes. But polling in the WSJ says the President is creeping ahead in Florida, which would ruin all of Mr Romneys plans. Mr Romney is counting on Florida (29 votes), North Carolina (15) and Virginia (13), which gives him a total of 57 and, which, if added to his 191 base, will give him only 248 votes. That is why he needs Ohio which would take him to 266, but still leave him four votes short. But Mr Romney cannot count on Ohio. That is why he so badly needs Pennsylvanias 20 votes, even though that would still only take him to 268 still two votes short. Mr Romney, unless he surprised by picking up one of the smaller states like Iowa, New Hampshire or Nevada, really needs both Ohio and Pennsylvania. That is why the national polls, which put the candidates so close, do not tell the story. What really matters is what happens in Ohio and Pennsylvania where polls show the President has enough of a margin in both states to win the race. But the first counts will begin to come in from southern states such as Florida. If Mr Romney loses Florida, he will have to concede early in the night. SNAPSHOT THEVOTING SYSTEM n The US presidential election is not a first-past-the-post popularity contest n The president is decided by whoever gets 270 out of a possible 538 votes in a process known as the electoral college n Each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia, have a certain number of electoral college votes up for grabs, based upon population size n The states with the biggest population bases have the most number of electoral college votes on offer. California, which is Democrat, has 55 votes. Texas, the next biggest state, which is Republican, has 38. After that, the biggest states are New York (Democrat) State and Florida (toss up), which each have 29 n Mitt Romneys Republicans will win most states. But most of those states Texas aside only have a handful of electoral college votes on offer n The winner-takes-all system means whichever candidate wins a state gets all that states electoral college votes n It is generally agreed President Obama starts the race in front. Obama goes into the election with a guaranteed 201 electoral college votes from loyal states (some say as high as 237), compared to Romneys guaranteed 191 n That is why swing states are so crucial to this election. Romney needs to pick up Florida (29), North Carolina (15), Virginia (13) and Ohio (18) and one or two of the smaller states to get to 270 n Because there is doubt Romney can do this, he is throwing all his last-minute resources at Pennsylvania (which holds 20 votes) People wait in line for early voting in Columbus, in the battleground state of Ohio Picture: AFP/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

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