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If the President and the man who's after his job are collecting air-miles this weekend, the loser will at least be able to console himself with a free flight to China. You only have to look at Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's exhausting schedule to see this race has come down to a frantic search for a comparatively small number of votes in a handful of battleground US States. If the President and his Republican rival visit Ohio much more they may just get arrested for stalking.

The national polls show the contenders to be leader of the free world are running neck-and-neck. But forget them. This is no longer a national campaign and probably never really was.

On Tuesday night watch Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin and a handful of other results to find out who'll be sworn in as President next January. Those, crucial, states are agonisingly close fought contests too. And only a fool - or a very brave pundit - can call this race with any real certainty this weekend. Team Romney insist they can beat the odds, as their man beat all expectations and beat the President in the first of their three live TV debates. Since then, Obama's learned his lesson and shown more sparkle. More fire.

Hurricane Sandy allowed Obama to look more like the Commander in Chief, in charge, directing operations. Even that Svengali among Republican strategists, Karl Rove, admits Hurricance Sandy blew Romney's argument on the economy off the front page at a critical time. The US unemployment figures this week have been used by Romney as evidence of a sluggish recovery; by Obama as evidence of an economy healing.

So if you hold a gun to my head, kidnap my children and threaten to flush my goldfish down the toilet - if I had a goldfish - I'd probably say Obama's looks most likely to win his second term. Probably. But since you're not threatening my life, or my children, or my pet fish, I won't.

All the polls say America will choose the leader they trust most with their economy and their jobs. They'll also be choosing the leader of the most powerful economy on earth: a man, in other words with a big say over our economy and our jobs.

So it'll be well worth tuning in to our 5 live election special on Tuesday night. Oh, and maybe have another listen to my line up of US campaign players, pundits and ordinary American voters in Sunday night’s Pienaar's Politics. This race is gripping, and trust me, it matters.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Sarnia

    on 11 Nov 2012 19:26

    Thanks Ginger. Al Murray made me snigger on his show this morning when he said he listened to 5 Live's Election coverage driving back from a gig and heard Bacon "who was obviously broadcasting from a cocktail bar in Florida asking anyone what they thought was going to happen" so, he turned off he said!

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Rebelbrum

    on 11 Nov 2012 12:31

    I would just like to say I agree with virtually all of the comments above - Richard Bacon was appalling and an embarassment to the BBC. No doubt when the various American commentators were informed they would be speaking to "Richard Bacon from the BBC" they were expecting someone with a serious, professional tone. Instead it was some over excited big kid whos obvious political bias got in the way of any objectivity. Why oh why did it have to be Bacon? Why not Rhod Sharpe, or John Pienaar or Peter Allen? Anyone but Mr Bacon...

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by carrie

    on 11 Nov 2012 11:54

    Oh for an up to date blog where we could post on the "BBC news" of the day.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by what

    on 10 Nov 2012 20:08

    As of Friday, more than 2 weeks after her arrival, Ashmall was still "stuck" in New England at our expense!!

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by GingerTompkins

    on 10 Nov 2012 20:03

    Sarnia ,there used to be some arrows you could click on to vote for and rate posts but they seem to have disappeared.No doubt the BBC have other things on their mind at present.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Sarnia

    on 10 Nov 2012 14:56

    Bacon was dire. Appeared more concerned about the lack of warmth and sunshine "Hello! Welcome to Florida! Where it is raining and cold". Obviously was expecting an easy jolly in the sunshine. I feel sorry for John Pienaar having to co-present with him - must be excruciating for JP, As an aside I notice it now says one can rate comments on here - any hints as to how that is achieved?

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by what

    on 8 Nov 2012 14:29

    Typically, the hapless Bacon was in the one place where nothing happened!

    "I'm in Florida. Florida! Welcome! (a beat) Four years ago I was in Chicago. Before that Los Angeles...." By this (early) stage it was already apparent he considered himself more important than the Presidency.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Jackstumps

    on 8 Nov 2012 10:15

    To compound the election night coverage debacle Bacon yesterday interviewed the awful Piers Morgan .... on the phone from Florida. Could have done that from London me thinks.

    Also read today that Talksport has won the Lions Tour radio rights. Assuming Sky will have the TV that's another iconic event the Beeb has missed out on. Will soon be known as the 'former' national broadcaster at this rate.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by GingerTompkins

    on 7 Nov 2012 16:21

    The Sky News US Election coverage and presenters were very good, as was Radio 4 and the BBC TV News Channel but what do we get from 5live ? That well known political analyst...Richard ( hyper ) Bacon .Quite frankly it is embarrassing and what the people he was supposed to be interviewing thought about him and his lack of knowledge and credibility, god only knows ? I can't quite make out what this station thinks its doing or who its supposed to be aimed at ? Someone get a grip ! Are we supposed to enjoy a radio station that treats its listeners as complete idiots ?

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by carrie

    on 7 Nov 2012 11:22

    Yes, I agree with @8. It was uncomfortable to listen to an over-excited presenter like Bacon trying to actually do serious interviews with anyone, and on occasion, the person he was talking to obviously did not get his delivery style at all and several people sounded quite bemused at the chaotic questions and their style. It was a relief to move on to Nolan and Pienaar but in the end I couldn't stand the yelling of everyone and just gave up.

    I believe @3 should be removed because of the advert.

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