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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Team Obama Fears Early Exit Polls Favoring Romney Might Discourage Central, West Coast Obama Voters

By Susan Duclos

Team Obama has a message for their supporters "keep calm" if they hear early news favoring Mitt Romney on election day:

In a conference call this afternoon, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign had one central message for their supporters when Election Day arrives tomorrow: They should “keep calm,” even if they hear snippets of information favoring Republican Mitt Romney.

“My warning, we need to stay calm for much of the day,” Stephanie Cutter, Mr. Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said, touting thousands of early ballots already submitted by voters. “We’ve already banked a pretty big portion of our vote.”

The fear, she explained, was early numbers leaking before voters have finished going to the polls, creating unnecessary panic and pessimism among Democrats.

If Romney wins Fla, VA, NC early and by large margins and the exit polls show a wave for Romney in those battleground states, which could possibly inch into OH and PA, team Obama is terrified that the news will travel west and discourage many of their voters who might not think it is worth it to stay in lines to vote for Obama.