Deadline Now: Election 2012 Preview Show
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Deadline Now: Election 2012 Preview Show

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.

This election looks like it will be one of the hardest fought and closest presidential races in history. And perhaps more than ever, Ohio may be the key to it all. But that's not the only race on the ballot. Jack Lessenberry, David Kushma, Editor of The Blade, and Tom Troy, Political Writer for The Blade, examine the race for the White House and many others in Ohio and in Michigan.

Here are Jack Lessenberry's Final Thoughts for this edition of "Deadline Now:"

To my mind, the ultimate nightmare scenario in this presidential election would be for it all to come down to Ohio -- and to wake up Wednesday morning with Mitt Romney holding a narrow lead here and two hundred thousand provisional ballots left to be counted.

We’ve had two truly disputed elections in this country, in 1876 and in the year 2000, and I think we need at least another century before we, or our descendants, are forced to endure another one.

But the presidential race isn’t the only thing on the ballot -- and may not even be the most important. I personally feel strongly about who the next president should be. Yet I also think it likely that the republic would survive either a Mitt Romney administration or four more years of President Obama, regardless of what the ads say.

However, I am not sure that Michigan would survive the devastation that some of the proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot would do to our state.  And this whole region would be hugely affected if the billionaire who owns the Ambassador Bridge succeeds in his drive to have voters preserve his monopoly.

Roy Norton, Canada’s consul general in Detroit, told me that if Proposal Six on Michigan’s ballot is approved, it will have a devastating effect on the Ohio and Indiana economies as well, and that “it would mean an entire population’s economic interests would become subservient to those of a greedy billionaire."

In Ohio, voters have a chance to call a new constitutional convention -- and also to replace the present system where legislative and congressional boundaries are drawn by the politicians to one where an independent citizens’ commission would do it. If you don’t like the shape of the new Ninth Congressional district, which snakes up from Toledo to Cleveland, this may be worth a look.

Finally, there are many, many crucial races up and down the ballot. Some future president is probably out there somewhere today, running for the house, senate, or some Colorado school board. 

You may not like the results when you wake up Wednesday morning, and few of us will like the way everything came out.

But if you don’t vote, you have no grounds to complain.

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