Jennifer Donahue, Cardin fellow of public policy and expert in residence at Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute, wrote an Oct. 31 article for the Philadelphia Inquirer about the role of undecided voters in the upcoming presidential election.
From the Inquirer:
President Obama and Mitt Romney have made their cases to the American public through grueling daily campaign events, three televised debates, and the conventions. The result is a tie, and voters on the left and right won't break it.
That will fall to a small group of people who don't vote regularly, but will be moved to head to the polls next week. This race will likely be decided by a fence-sitting 5 percent of the electorate in just nine swing states.
The key to these undecided voters' late-breaking decisions - and the election - won't be the campaign promises the candidates have made. It will be to what extent they trust each candidate to carry out his promises.