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The polls have been skewed by fear. The mainstream media have been relentless with their message, abetted in ways large and small by the Obama campaign, that only bigots, churls and haters would vote against a black incumbent. This is the ultimate racism, that a failed black incumbent can’t be held to account like a failed white incumbent.

Numbers can lie, of course, but if President Obama pulls this one out, the numbers have told a whopper.

Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.