POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 12:52am
TYLER — East Texas political experts Ashton Oravetz, JoAnn Fleming and David Henderson are hard at work campaigning and making predictions the day before the election.
Oravetz is chair of the Smith County Republican party. He thinks the Romney/Ryan ticket has it in the bag.
"I think Romney's gonna win. I think he'll end up between 315 and 325 electoral college depending on what's going on," Oravetz said.
So does Joann Fleming with Grassroots America, We the People.
"I think that they'll have substantially more electoral votes than most of the pundits are predicting, yes I do," Fleming said.
David Henderson, chair of the Smith County Democrats thinks it's too close to call.
"I think that the president is going to win Ohio. Which other states he wins to get the electoral college magic number, I just couldn't say," Henderson said.
The polls show it is a tight race. So we asked both Oravetz and Henderson if their guy doesn't succeed, what then?
"I think you're going to be surprised how many small businesses close. Which means the employees are gonna be laid off," Oravetz said.
"Bigger question is...what if Romney loses? If he loses, that will probably be the end of the Republican party as we've known it," Henderson said.
Fleming says even if it works out in the Republicans' favor, the work doesn't end there.
"If Romney and Ryan win tomorrow, that doesn't mean that there's been magic fairy dust sprinkled everywhere and all the problems are solved. We're still gonna have plenty of problems and I would just ask voters to stay engaged and do everything they can to hold their officials accountable," Fleming said.