November 5th, 2012
02:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Could close race produce a popular/electoral vote split?

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck in national polls, while Obama has an edge in crucial battleground states that will decide Tuesday's election.

The dynamic sets up a possible outcome that has happened rarely in American politics and could undermine the credibility of the victor - Romney beats Obama in the overall vote, but the president gets reelected by winning the decisive Electoral College.


Filed under: 2012 • CNN Electoral Map
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    Um, no. Not enough people even like Mitt for him to win the popular vote. Not gonna happen.

    November 5, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. BetterDaysAhead

    309 Romney to 229 0bama! You heard it here! A sound victory for our nation!

    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    November 5, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F

    If Mittens was not white, he would lose by 30 points.

    November 5, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    That is possible, but of course, not really likely. Most of the time, even in close races, the popular vote is won, by the electoral winner as well. It is possible to be split, but those results are a true exception, and quite rare.

    November 5, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Reggiedw

    Romney will win both popular and electoral college votes. Romney/Ryan in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Gee. True the vote, voter suppression in all swing states, Governors of Florida and Ohio doing everything they can by cutting voting hours and early voting days. Rove and his dirty tricks are ready for Tuesday,
    Why is all this necessary>
    Ah, that's right, the GOP have to buy the election, not get the win outright just by being a good candidate.

    November 5, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Wow. Pathetic, CNN. so desperate to continue the horse race narrative that you need to just go off the rails and imagine an almost impossible hypothetical for yoru bobbleheads to yammer about? The reality is, folks, that CNN and the rest of the MSM will be doing everything they can to "undermine the credibility of the victor," no matter who it is but particularly if it's Obama. They want the false equivalence and a POTUS with a weakened and constatly attacked public image...THE MSM WANTS THE OBSTRUCTION, GRIDLOCK AND DRAMA SO THEY CAN SENSATIONALIZE IT. The last thing they want is it becoming genearlly accepted that Obama beating back the "our number one priority" crowd actually gives him political capital to call for the GOP/Teatrolls to cut the crap and cease their infantile obstructionist tantrum. The "crap" is profitable "news" for the MSM. Get used to it.

    November 5, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. jaguar

    keep dreaming

    November 5, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. BetterDaysAhead

    If Obama wasnt black you could say the same....oh thats right, it's only a race problem if a white person says it!

    November 5, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |

    309 Romney to 229 0bama! You heard it here! A sound victory for our nation!

    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    November 5, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
    That's some crazy math you learned in Kolob.

    November 5, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    No. Any other questions CNN?

    November 5, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    @Betterdaysahead, where do you get that? Which states are you having go to Romney that everyone else either has as Obama or toss up? I don't see it as that close.

    November 5, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Josaphat Daniels

    Seriously CNN, is this what you really expect on election day. That is not going to happen, what will happen is that Obama will trash romney so freaking bad and good that romney will never even be elected sherif in a small town. 4 more 4 44. By tomorrow every right wing nut cases including the grass tea party will break their TV screen for the sight of President Obama winning a second term.

    November 5, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. BetterDaysAhead

    SB- Put up your predictions my friend and we'll see in the end.

    November 5, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "309 Romney to 229 0bama! You heard it here! A sound victory for our nation!"

    Wanna list the electoral votes Mittens will be getting by state to achieve 309? I could use a good laugh.

    November 5, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You all need to go and volunteer someplace.
    Some of you for your candidate, some of you at a mental hospital.

    Sniffit it is true what you say which is why this is my one and only post of the day. It is already a nightmare situation with someone of Romney's lack of caliber and character running for the highest office in the land, there is no need for CNN to come up with anything so far-fetched as this nightmare scenario.

    I'm going to make some more phone calls for the Prez after work.
    Be serious about your vote America, and God bless us all.
    Obama 2012.

    November 5, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    If Obama were white he would be ahead by 20 points in the polls right now

    November 5, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |