Morning Briefing: October 11th, 2012
By Steve Deace
Sabato’s Crystal Ball Alters Forecast
One of the most respected political scientists among right-0f-center politicos is Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia. In his latest crystal ball analysis of the electoral map, Sabato continues to rate President Obama with more than the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to be re-elected, but also says the race has tightened considerably since Mitt Romney routed Obama at the debate last week. Sabato also says his forces in Ohio and Nevada indicate the race on the ground in those battleground states still favors Obama. No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio.
Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Level in 4 Years
Just in time for the election, the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to 339,000 last week, the lowest level in more than four years. The sharp drop offered a hopeful sign that the job market could pick up. The Labor Department said weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the lowest level since February 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped by 11,500 to 364,000, a six-month low. And of course, these could also be hopeful signs for Obama’s re-election as well. What tremendous timing this president has.
Akin Hits “Corrupt” Opponent
After Democrat U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill hit him with an ad featuring rape victims who want the option to kill their own children, Republican challenger Todd Akin fired back today with an ad hitting McCaskill as “corrupt” after it was revealed her husband received $40 million in government pork barrel spending in the 5 years she’s been in office. The ad concludes with this killer line: “The moment her hand came off the Bible it went into our pockets.”
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