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10/3/2012 3:00 pm

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Entered 10/10/2012, Updated 10/10/2012

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The 2012 election is turning out to be tougher for the incumbent than expected. The Republican candidate was supposed to be bruised and broken from a brutal primary. The economy was supposed to be better. The electorate was supposed to be more enthusiastic. Re-election was assured, or so it was thought. Instead, the race is neck and neck. Republicans hold the financial edge over President Obama, who has had to accept seven-figure lifeline infusions of cash from billionaires such as George Soros just to stay competitive. The economy has sagged. Jobs are in short supply. The crowds are not turning out the way they used to. The Republican candidates act like winners, while Mr. Obama is saddled with a gaffe machine and has to fight perceptions that he is tired and uninspired. There are no more Grecian columns, just Grecian Formula. In September, CNN hosted a panel of undecided voters who listened to Mr. Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. They came away generally unimpressed. The phrase that came up was “Obama fatigue.” That’s a change from four years ago, when Mr. Obama could do no wrong.


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