Media stumped over picking 2012 White House winner

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 01, 2012 10:20 hrs

Pundits and reporters are wary of picking a winner in the tight presidential race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

Republican Mitt Romney's campaign has said that it still has momentum. President Barack Obama's campaign said that's all spin.

Meanwhile, there isn't a single well-informed pundit between them who can tell you who's right.

"The problem is: there are so many variables. And now, with the storm, turnout may become an issue in closer Obama-leaning states like Pennsylvania," Time Magazine's Joe Klein told Politico.

"Polling is inexact, especially with the cell phone factor-not enough data over time for pollsters to be absolutely sure they're getting it right," Klein said.

According to the report, in a column headlined "I don't know," Klein wrote earlier this week, "Anyone who claims to know who is going to win is blowing smoke."

Indeed, from Fox News to MSNBC to the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times, all but those aligned or associated with the campaigns admit to being deeply uncertain about the result.

"I think more than any other race I've covered this is one where both sides genuinely seem to believe they're going to win. That's different," ABC News correspondent Jon Karl said.

"Given that, it's hard for somebody covering the race to make a call. I'm completely confused. I have no idea who's going to win. And I usually have a sense of who's going to win," Karl added.

"It really is too close to call this time, as it was in 00 and (a bit less so) in 04," Bill Kristol, the founding editor of the Weekly Standard said, adding: "People are saying it's too close to call because it is." (ANI)

More from Sify: