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Monday, November 5,2012

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Into the homestretch

Profs:
Obama
up in
Micli
As polls narrow,
experts predict the
president will win
the state
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
and ALICIA ADAMCZYK
Daily StaffReporters
Despite polls showing a
narrowing race in Michigan
between President Barack
Obama and Republican presi-
dential nominee Mitt Rom-
ney, the state will likely give
its 16 electoral votes to Obama,
according to University experts.
Officials said the election in
the state - which has not given
its electoral votes to a Republi-
can presidential candidate since
1988 - will likely be closer than
it was in 2008, when Obama
won the state by 16 points.
Despite Romney's recent
surge in state-wide polls,
Sexperts said a combination of
demographic factors, Obama's
support for the bailout of the
Detroit automakers and a lack
of home state support for the
Bloomfield Hills native makes
it likely that Obama will win
Michigan.
Political Science Prof.
Michael Traugott estimated
that Obama would win by about
five or six points, in accordance
with the margin most statewide
See OBAMA, Page 3A

PORTRAITS OF THE STUDENT VOTER

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Prep,
school
students
split on
Romney
Cranbrook,
Romney's alma
mater, proud of
GOP nominee
By SAM GRINGLAS
Daily Staff Reporter
When the polls close Tuesday
evening and electoral maps light
up on screens across the nation,
Republican presidential nominee
Mitt Romney will begin prepara-
tions.
The former Massachusetts
governor and Michigan native
will either start settling into the
life of a defeated candidate or
ready himself for four years in
the White House.
But before all the railies,
debates, campaign yard signs
and other efforts designed to
propel Romney to Washington,
young Mitt inhabited a place less
foreign to Michiganders than the
Beltway. Romney spent his for-
mative years in Bloomfield Hills,
an affluent Detroit;suburb only
45 miles northeast of Ann Arbor.
As the time until Tuesday
dwindles, neither campaign
is giving up on winning over
Bloomfield Hills and the state of
Michigan. Even at Cranbrook,
the elite college-preparatory
school located in Bloomfield
See ROMNEY, Page 6A

As the presidential carnpaign enters its final days, students shared their thoughts about the election and discussed who they pln to "tefo." or "or,'ur
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College GOP, Dems make final pushes

Student groups
work to get voters
to the polls
By CHELSEA HOEDL
Daily StaffReporter
The University's chapters of
the College Republicans and
College Democrats are continu-

ing to mobilize in last minute
efforts to inform students and
encourage them to go to the
polls with only two days left
until Election Day.
Both organizations have
stepped up their canvassing
efforts, and are working to
encourage student voter par-
ticipation and education of the
student body on critical issues.
Business sophomore Elena

Brennan, the external vice
chair of the College Republi-
cans, said the group is working
with local activists to promote
voting in the Ann Arbor area.
In addition to holding Diag days
to reach out to classmates, they
are also taking trips off campus
to expand their efforts.
"The big thing we're doing
right now is having volunteers
come to our (office) which is

five minutes out from campus,"
Brennan said. "We're taking
students every day and they
can either go knock on doors or
make phone calls."
Brennan said the College
Republicans have continued to
inform potential voters on the
stances taken by each candi-
date, and explain the language
of the ballot proposals that can
See FINAL PUSHES, Page 6A

ELECTION 2012
Obama campaign: Polls % N
not a concern in.Mich.

Levin, Cato June
campaign for the
president on Sat.
By TUI RADEMAKER
Daily Staff Reporter
"'Go Blue' has a double mean-
ing," said U.S. Sen. Carl Levin
(D-Mich), Saturday morning at
the Democratic campaign office
in Ann Arbor, emphasizing the
importance of capturing Michi-
gan's 16 electoral votes for Presi-

dent Barack Obama.
Despite recent polls showing
Obama and Republican presiden-
tial candidate Mitt Romney in a
neck and neck battle for the state,
Democratic volunteers seemed
confident and excited as they pre-
pared for their final "Get Out the
Vote" efforts. Levin, along with
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.),
Obama campaign advisers, Uni-
versity alum Broderick Johnson -
and Cato June, former Michigan
and Indianapolis Colts football
player, were among volunteers
See POLLS, Page 6A

Holocaust survivors share stories with
'U' students at annual Hillel luncheon

Sixth annual As he talked, he carefully
placed his documents back into
Conference on the the folder with a paper clip, only
to pull them out again within a
Holocaust raises matter of minutes. During the
span of a half-hour conversa-
. awareness tion, he repeatedly drew out
the paperwork, original records
By HALEY GOLDBERG from his arrival to Auschwitz
Daily NewsEditor concentration camp in 1942,
where atop was a handwritten
A worn, manila folder sat note with a reminder to "speak
on the table in front of George slow."
Vine, 85, with two words hand- Vine and 49 other Holocaust
written on the label: "Holocaust survivors gathered at the Uni-
Records." versity of Michigan Hillel to

speak intimately with about 200
students for the sixth annual
Holocaust Survivor Luncheon
on Sunday. The event was orga-
nized by the Conference on the
Holocaust Committee, an eight-
person team led by co-direc-
tors and LSA seniors Michelle
Kappy and Samantha Schwartz.
In the same format of past
events, students were encour-
aged to engage with survivors
over lunch. At table 22, Vine
began the event by sharing his
experiences during World War
See HOLOCAUST, Page 7A

TRACY KO/Daily
A student listens to George Vine's story of surviving Auschwitz at the Holocaust Survivor Luncheon on Sunday.

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