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Latest poll shows most Americans still expect Obama to win reelection (2)


09:19, August 28, 2012

Although the presidential race between Obama and Romney has generally been a tight one, Americans by a fairly wide margin expect Obama to win, probably because he is the incumbent, the Gallup said.

As to the implications of this poll, Gallup said that it can go either way for both candidates. For the Republicans, the thought that their candidate is the underdog could motivate them to campaign for Romney and get out and vote, or could be discouraging and end up suppressing their vote.

Similarly, Democrats' confidence that their candidate will win could encourage them to get out and vote to make sure that is a reality, or could cause complacency and lower their turnout percentage, the Gallup said.

The Republican Party officially kicked off the RNC in Tampa, Florida, on Monday, in a low-key short ceremony, as the first-day agenda has been canceled due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Romney, together with his running mate House Representative Paul Ryan, is expected to be officially nominated as the Republican presidential nominee Tuesday night by about 5,000 RNC delegates, formally setting up a close race with the Democratic Party's Obama/Biden ticket.

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