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The millions upon millions are spent, the messages upon messages are finished, the campaign stops upon stops are complete.
The spin masters will continue to twists facts and make grandiose predictions on the TV and Internet until the last polls close Tuesday night but the decision is now up to the voters, weary from the endless campaigns, overwrought rhetoric and overwhelming hyperbole.
We here at Capitol Hill Blue have no wish to add any confusion to the process. We don’t endorse candidates or urge our readers to vote one way or another. Voting is a privilege of our Democratic Republic and one that is an individual choice.
If the polls are correct — and that is always the question with pre-election polls, the race will be tight and a final outcome may not be known until the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
And if the race is too tight, the final decision may come down to which side has the best legal team as challenges end up in the court system.
When the counting is done, we could have a President-elect who lost the popular vote nationwide but won the electoral tally. It’s happened before, the last time in 2000 when Al Gore won the popular count while George W. Bush emerged with the Electoral College nod only after a prolonged court battle that required Supreme Court decisions.
In 2000, Republicans defended the electoral process because their candidate won. If Mitt Romney carries the popular vote but loses in the Electoral College look for many of those same Republicans to claim the process if flawed and must be changed.
One can hope voters will make an informed decision, one based on sound conclusions drawn from facts, not emotion and truth, not spin. One can also hope that votes will be cast on what is best for America and not one inspired by self-serving whims of a political party.
One can hope.
Whatever the outcome, those who choose to go to the polls help determine the direction the nation takes in the next two years.
Will a divided Congress become one united under a single party banner? Not likely, if the polls are correct.
Will America begin the new year with a second term President or a newcomer? Hard to say as the first polls open on a Tuesday morning.
America stands at a crossroads but this nation has faced such crossroads before in previous elections. A shift of one or two percentage points could sent the nation down different paths, ones that each party claims is the only answer but which are — in reality — not answers based on reality.
America’s problems cannot be fixed in one election. The nation’s ills are decades in the making and will take decades to cure.
Real change will have to start with a first step.
Maybe votes will take that first step today.
Or maybe they won’t.
No one knows for sure and no one knows for sure that the side that wins will put that step into action.