A small sliver of the voters will determine the outcome of a tight presidential race. Yahoo! News asked a handful of undecided voters to keep a running diary: What news stories and events are coloring their choices?
COMMENTARY | Two events are influencing how I feel about the election this week. One is Mitt Romney's gaffe when he apparently claimed to have written off 47 percent of the American populace as die-hard supporters of President Obama whom he could never hope to reach. I have no explanation for his words. Maybe he was trying to express that there is a certain segment of the population that he can never sway, and his time is better spent presenting his platform and vision to those individuals who are open to change. While some may use government handouts to avoid work, I doubt this segment is hardly 47 percent of the population.
The other event is Alpha Natural Resources announcing the closing of eight mines and the layoff of 1,200 workers in West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Living in the coalfields, I know firsthand how economically devastating this will be in our region, and the 1,200 lost jobs will translate into thousands of more as the loss of those dollars leads to additional layoffs at local businesses, particularly in the service industries. Living in the coalfields, it's hard to trust Obama with four more years when he campaigned in 2008 that he would "bankrupt coal" and layoffs at places like Alpha seem to indicate that is one campaign promise Obama has kept. This, combined with video at the DNC of Democrat delegates booing the inclusion of "God" in the platform, will have many in this area casting their votes for a Republican for the first time in generations.
I still haven't made a decision as to whom I will give my vote. I think most who are undecided are like me, and are waiting for the performance of both candidates in the debates to make a decision.
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