Yes. I am sticking to my map. Some disagree with predicting that Ohio will go for Romney. Here is a closer look at that...
Honestly, fear of fraud is one reason I put Ohio in the red.
The second reason is that I am not confident that Obama will sweep the toss up states, and this is a way to show that one of the worst possibilities for Obama would still lead to a narrow victory, more a case playing with the vote numbers than actually predicting which specific states will break red or blue...
But the main reason? I am having a lot of flashbacks to Ohio in 2004 right now.
Here are the pre-election polls for 2004 in Ohio:
I think Ohio is harder to call than a lot of states due to its demographics and mix of urban and rural areas.
D.C. Political Report: Slight Republican
Associated Press: Toss Up
Cook Political Report: Toss Up
Newsweek: Toss Up
New York Times: Toss Up
Rasmussen Reports: Toss Up
Research 2000: Toss Up
Washington Post: Battleground
Washington Times: Battleground
Zogby International: Tied
Washington Dispatch: Kerry
I really hope that it goes to Obama, that would make this election a slam dunk for him. But, I am not ready to bet on it.
I am pretty sure this is why a lot of other people are not ready to call Ohio one way or the other yet, also, even though it is leaning Obama, just as it was leaning Kerry in 2004.
Pre-election polling showed a lot of volatility throughout the general election. In September, Bush was gaining momentum here reaching over 50% in several polls and even reaching double digit margins in some.
But in October, Kerry gained back momentum as he started winning many of the polls, leading between 48% to as high as 50%. The last 3 polls averaged Kerry leading 49% to 48%.