Could the upcoming presidential election be a repeat of the 2000 presidential election, when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by a five-vote margin in the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote by 500,000 votes?
As of today, that’s where it stands, according to conservative commentator Pat Buchanan.
Buchanan, author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?,” said if not for the deficit Romney faces in Ohio with its 18 electoral votes in balance, he would be a solid favorite in next month’s election.
“Overall, things look very good,” Buchanan said. “Let me say this — if it weren’t for that five-point poll sitting out there again and again in Ohio, I would bet that Mitt Romney would win this election by two or three percentage points and win the Electoral College.”
Host Laura Ingraham suggested that Romney may win the popular vote, but lose the Electoral College, and Buchanan agreed.
“If you had it right now, I would say that’s exactly what would happen,” Buchanan replied. “I mean, if he’s three points up in the popular vote in The Washington Post [poll], he’s up in Gallup, he’s up in Rasmussen — and that’s the popular vote, I would agree that he might even do a little better than two or three points. But then you got Ohio, and you got Colorado, and you got Nevada, and you got Iowa and that really looks like an uphill climb for him. As of now, but he’s got 10 days to go.”