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Tomorrow Is Election Day In The U.S.: Will Ferrell, Chris Rock And 22 Minutes Want You To Pay Attent
November 5, 2012
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It's finally here: tomorrow, Americans will go to the polls to decide who will be their next president.

As for who's going to win, that's anyone's guess: the BBC is calling it "a cliffhanger election."

But most observers agree the decision will come down to the nine or so swing states that are still undecided.

Here's what the polls are suggesting: a poll for Ohio's Columbus Dispatch newspaper suggested Barack Obama is ahead 50 per cent to 48 per cent, within the margin of error.

Another opinion poll on Sunday for ABC News and the Washington Post suggested support for the two candidates is even at 48 per cent, while Pew Research suggested Obama was leading Romney 48 per cent to 45 per cent among likely voters.

Whoever wins tomorrow, a lot of Canadians will be paying close attention. If you're looking for a uniquely Canadian (and funny) perspective on the election, check out the '22 Minutes' crew tomorrow night.

'22 Minutes' airs their election special, 'America Votes, Canada Watches' at 8:30 Tuesday night (9:00 in Newfoundland). You can also get live updates from the cast of characters via Twitter throughout the evening. Just search the hashtag #22USAvotes.

Need a little coaching on why to watch? Mark Critch as Don Cherry explains:

Of course, Raj Binder and Mrs. Enid aren't the only political experts discussing the election. Some very important pundits in the U.S. have just weighed in on their candidate of choice, and how important it is for Americans to get out and vote.

Here's Chris Rock on the Jimmy Kimmel show explaining why Barack Obama is a reliable, trustworthy - and oh yeah, white - president:

And noted political commentator Will Ferrell wants everyone in the U.S. to know that he'll do anything - anything - to get them to vote:

And if you're looking for a whole bunch of celebrities explaining why you should get out and vote, this is the video for you.

Sarah Silverman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Benicio del Toro, Selena Gomez, Tobey Maguire, Ellen DeGeneres, Edward Norton, and Amanda Seyfried are joined by YouTube commenters as they discuss the things they'd vote for if they could. Check it out:

All jokes aside, this election has seen an unprecedented amount of money raised and spent by both candidates.

This is the most expensive presidential race in history. Between them, the Obama and Romney campaigns have spent over $2 billion in their bid for the White House.

A lot of that money has gone into election advertising. According to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks advertising in federal elections, more than 915,000 presidential ads have been aired on broadcast and national cable television since June 1.

That's 44.5 per cent more than last election, when 637,000 ads aired.

Most of the spots were designed to convince voters to pick one of the two candidates on November 6. It's an onslaught that led to this viral video of a 4-year-old crying about how tired she is of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney:

But at least one Political Action Committee (PAC) is taking a different approach. unPAC, an activist group focused on election spending reform, created this ad, 'SILENCE is louder than money.'

The group raised enough cash from individual donors to allow them to run the ad on Fox, MSNBC and CNN in Ohio, one of the election's crucial swing states.

Whether or not you agree with their message about election spending, it's probably a genuine relief for voters to get a little quiet time during the final days of the campaign.

A more controversial spot is a Romney campaign ad that claims Chrysler is moving U.S. jobs to China.

The ad ran in Ohio and Michigan. In it, a narrator says Chrysler plans to move all Jeep production to China, and the ad blames Obama for it.

Last night on 'The National,' CBC's Neil MacDonald pointed out that the ad is essentially a lie.

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And the car companies seem to back that up. Both GM and Chrysler have weighed in on the ad.

A GM spokesman said "we've clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days. No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.'

And in a blog post, Chrysler spokesman Gualberto Ranieri said "Let's set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China."

Despite these responses, and President Obama's accusation that Romney is "scaring hard-working Americans to scare up votes," the Republican party is standing by the ads.

It turns out both Romney and Obama have been caught in untruths throughout their campaigns, according to the Washington Post's fact-checker, Glenn Kessler.

He's given both candidates a "Pinnochio" rating based on how truthful they are, and neither one comes across as completely reliable. Back in May, Obama's rating was 1.91 out of 4, while Romney stood at 1.97.

With only one day left in the campaign, Obama is at 2.11 (that's worse, not better than in May). Romney's score is now 2.40.

You can see an overview of Kessler's "lowlights" from the campaign here.

Let's hope that with the election finally coming to an end, honesty and accuracy will be back on the table. Until then, let's enjoy Will Ferrell talking about eating toenails.

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