New polls out Wednesday show the general election race between Obama and Romney still close, but President Obama beginning to take a wide lead in critical swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Polls can still substantially fluctuate over the next 19 weeks before election day, and the Obama campaign has begun to stack their arsenal for a close vote. The Associated Press reports that the Obama campaign has amassed a “legion” of lawyers for a ground war in the aforementioned swing states as well as states that have strict voter ID laws coming on line:
President Barack Obama's campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year's election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate.
Thousands of attorneys and support staffers have agreed to aid in the effort, providing a mass of legal support that appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent. Obama's campaign says it is particularly concerned about the implementation of new voter ID laws across the country, the possibility of anti-fraud activists challenging legitimate voters and the handling of voter registrations in the most competitive states.
Republicans are building their own legal teams for the election. They say they're focused on preventing fraud — making sure people don't vote unless they're eligible — rather than turning away qualified voters.
Edward Foley, an elections law expert with Ohio State University, goes on to tell AP that "litigation has started coming sooner and more vociferously" this year.
"We're in an era of increased litigiousness over the voting process," Foley said, adding that lawsuits after Election Day may occur only if votes in a battleground state are within the "margin of litigation."
On "Real News" Wednesday the panel discussed what “margin of litigation” exactly means and whether we could be looking at Bush v. Gore 2: