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Twitter asks 'What if Mitt Romney wins'?

GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Campaigns Day After Final Debate

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre on October 23, 2012 in Morrison, Colorado. A day after the final Presidential debate, Mitt Romney is campaigning in Nevada and Colorado.

With the Associated Press and the TV networks starting to project states for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, voters on Twitter are starting to realize that this presidential race is closer than they may have expected.

Here are some samples of people speculating what they will do, or what things will look like if Gov. Romney wins the race:


That's My Issue: Immigration

TMI Coco Liu, Immigration

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Coco Liu, a UCLA student, speaks to KPCC about immigration. She tells us her experience in seeing illegal immigrants struggle.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 

If there is an issue I would be most interested in, in revamping, it would be immigration.  

I know people that are more involved in this issue, that are actually affected by it. It’s more closer to me, like I can actually see an effect. 

Basically, I’ve seen fears in people getting deported. Every single day, they can’t go to sleep without being constantly reminded by the fear that they are going to be deported, like anytime.

Let us know how a particular experience has affected your political opinions. Record it online, or drop us a note. Your piece could appear on WNYC and KPCC's websites, as well as on our air.  


Do exit polls misrepresent Latinos and other voters of color?

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A polling place in Glassell Park on June 5, 2012

Do political exit polls misrepresent Latinos and other voters of color?

So argues Stanford  University political scientist Gary Segura today in a piece on the Latino Decisions website; the polling firm, in which he is a principal, has been keeping tabs on the Latino voter climate in the runup to next week's election. 

Segura points to language as one problem that can affect exit poll tallies on election night, and how inaccuracies tend to prevail within smaller, geographically concentrated groups of ethnic voters. In addition, he writes the exit polls tend to over-represent people of color who are middle-class and better educated, and this also affects results. He points out some previous unusual exit poll numbers, for example, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer "attracting an above-average 28% share of Arizona’s Hispanic vote just months after signing SB1070 into law," according to the National Exit Poll from 2010.


School teacher battles GOP county leader in high stakes Inland Empire congressional race

41st Congressional District Candidates

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The candidates for the 41st Congressional District: John Tavaglione (above) and Mark Takano.

Two Riverside natives are competing to become the first representative of the newly drawn 41st Congressional District.  It covers a big part of the Inland Empire including Riverside and Moreno Valley. 

The Republican, John Tavaglione, is a veteran county leader who moonlights in a garage band. The Democrat, Mark Takano, is an openly gay, Asian American high school teacher.

Inside a classroom during a recent campaign visit to Riverside Community College, Takano tells a couple dozen students and would-be campaign volunteers what he’ll do if elected to Congress.  It’s a comfortable setting for the 52-year-old Democrat: Takano is a Riverside Community College trustee.

“I talk about the choice in this election being about common sense Riverside values and those values being things like aid to community colleges,” Takano says. “We have people here who will benefit from the Affordable Health Care Act.”


New survey reports Props 30 and 38 are causing mutual harm

A new Field Poll suggests that each of the rival tax measures on the November ballot is drawing support away from the other.  

The survey has Brown’s measure, Proposition 30, leading by 10 points — but down from previous Field polls and just short of the 50 percent it needs to pass.  Education advocate Molly Munger’s tax measure, Prop 38, trails by 15 points. 

“Prop 38 is pulling some voters away from 30," says Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo. "We’re measuring it at 9%.”

Yet, DiCamillo says Prop 30’s undecided voters could be more likely to vote yes in the end.  For example, more of them approve of the governor’s job performance than disapprove, and are concerned about potential budget cuts if the measure fails.

“So all these things indicate to me that the governor’s measure is in fairly decent shape,” DiCamillo said.