Duffy: 2000-style presidential cliffhanger possible on November 6

Oct 18, 2012

Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report says a presidential cliffhanger — like  when Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush — isn’t out of the question next month.

During a taping today of RIPR’s Bonus Q+A (airing Friday at 6:40 and 8:40 am), she said:

“We are starting to see the possibility that that may happen, and it’s not a sure thing yet, by any means. The good news about the swing states is that most of them are in the Eastern time zone. A lot of these states have early voting, so they should be counting early, especially places like Ohio and Florida.”

Duffy says she hopes it won’t be a very late night in determining the presidential winners, but adds, “For everthing else I don’t plan on going to bed at all.”

Other highlights from our conversation with Duffy, who also joined us on Political Roundtable (airing at 5:40 and 7:40 am Friday):

– She says Romney has a narrow shot of winning the presidency while losing Ohio.

– Duffy says she hopes President Obama, if he wins re-election, does more to cultivate congressional relationships. But she says she wouldn’t be surprised if the laid-back president, sometimes criticized for being too JFK and not enough LBJ, can’t change his persona and habits.