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Pundits make electoral college predictions for Obama, Romney

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6 2012 4:46 p.m. MST

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Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections, The Washington Examiner's Michael Barone wrote in his electoral college prediction. If fundamentals prevail this time, it's bad news for the president, he said.

"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," Barone wrote. "But it's also true that most voters oppose Obama's major policies and consider unsatisfactory the very sluggish economic recovery."

Polls show that voters who don't identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans break for Romney, and indicators suggest Republicans are more enthusiastic about voting and about their candidate, Barone wrote, while Democrats are less so.

Barone predicts Romney will win Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and — "wobbling on my limb" — Pennsylvania.

>> Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., make an unscheduled stop at a Wendy's restaurant in Richmond Heights, Ohio, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
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