The last day of campaigning by the US presidential candidates took them to different states where neither has enough of an advantage.
They were hoping to convince voters just before they make their way to the polling stations.
These are known as the battleground states, notably Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The Pew Research Center’s election weekend survey said Obama held a 48% to 45% lead over Romney – then it suggested 50% and 47%.
Politico gave the two men 48% and 47%, respectively.
The Gallup Institute pegged them even, at 48%.
Some voters have already cast their ballots, in states with a provision for this, slightly more picking Obama over Romney, according to Pew.
The close margins suggest the outcome could be clinched by which side succeeds in getting voters to the polling stations – their own supporters and the undecided voters they need so badly in toss-up states.
The pro-Romney camp insists its voters are “more committed” than Obama’s.
But apart from individuals’ votes there are the votes allotted to each state based on population.
The popular vote-winner in each state gets its electoral count.
Pundits say Obama needs to secure 69 of these, and Romney 79.
If Obama manages to win in Ohio and Iowa, as he is reported likely to do, that would be enough for him.
The only state scheduled to get a last-day visit from both candidates was Ohio, the most critical of the remaining battlegrounds.
Obama held a clear advantage in the last day of campaigning: 237 guaranteed electoral college votes to Romney’s 191.
A minimum 270 electoral college votes is needed for victory.
Analysts say Romney could beat Obama in the popular vote, but the president could still get re-elected by winning the Electoral College.
It happened with Bush and Gore in 2000, and four other times in history.
That’s the race for the White House, but the balance of power in the Senate and the House of Representatives is also up for grabs on Tuesday.
Copyright © 2015 euronewsMore about:
- 1Six French skiers perish in deadly Alpine avalanche
- 2Greek elections: SYRIZA on course to win, but may fall short of majority
- 3Dresden holds first PEGIDA protest since founder’s ‘Adolf Hitler’ photo blunder
- 4Looming Syriza victory gets mixed reactions in Athens
- 5Soaring Swiss franc may leave EU mortgage holders homeless
- 1Where do YOU rank on the world’s wealth scale?
- 2Kyiv claims victory in new battle for control of Donetsk airport
- 3Anti-Charlie protests turn violent in Niger, Pakistan and Algeria
- 4Pope Francis says Catholics don’t need to breed ‘like rabbits’
- 5Pupil power shames police in Nairobi as Kenyan school protest goes global
- 1The power of the pen: Cartoonists worldwide react to the Charlie Hebdo attack | euronews, world news
- 2euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 3Immigration, racism in sport and the rise of extremism – Cantona shares his views | euronews, interview
- 4[LIVE] 12 dead after gun attack at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo | euronews, world news
- 5[LIVE NOW] Massive unity rally in Paris, with similar marches in other French cities | euronews, world news
- 6[LIVE] Second hostage crisis erupts in Paris as police close in on Charlie Hebdo suspects | euronews, world news
- 7Muslim groups fear backlash after terrorist attacks in Paris | euronews, news
- 8Medieval Bruges is to get its own underground beer pipeline | euronews, world news
- 9Almost four million turn out for unity rallies across France | euronews, world news
- 10International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 11“ISIL is the baby of George W Bush” | euronews, news
- 12Key questions around the Charlie Hebdo killings go unanswered | euronews, world news
- 13A defiant Charlie Hebdo: it’s not the front page the terrorists would’ve wanted | euronews, world news
- 14France: Angouleme council takes down anti-homeless cages around benches after outcry | euronews, world news
- 15HarperCollins wipes Israel off the map | euronews, world news
- 16euronews apps : iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Nokia S40, Nokia Asha, Smart TV and Google Glass
- 17NewsWires : euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 18eurovibes - a selection of Europe’s best music talent
- 19Grim task of retrieving bodies after wreckage of missing AirAsia plane found | euronews, world news
- 20Charlie Hebdo: Israeli paper deletes women from Paris march | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 01:06 CET UK stars from Sting to Emma Thompson call on PM to help Syrian…
- 23:53 CET Greek leftist leader Tsipras claims victory over austerity
- 23:07 CET Afghan air force ascent slow, imperilling battle with Taliban
- 22:14 CET CSI Lahore – U.S. forensics big shot comes home to help Pakistan
- 21:08 CET Nigeria repels suspected Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri city
- 21:00 CET Honduran president says military crackdown has cut murder rate
- 20:44 CET Talks to end Yemen’s political crisis falter
- 20:23 CET Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy