Election Day Dispatches

The Undecided Voters Will Soon Reveal Themselves
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Nov. 6 2012 7:31 PM

Election Day Dispatches

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The undecided voters will soon reveal themselves.

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We have started the process of discovering who those famous “undecided voters” are, those elusive citizens who the candidates have been reaching out to in the final weeks of the campaign. The exit polls say that just 8 percent of voters claim to have decided whom to support in the last few days. (Remember them from my piece here.) Now we shouldn’t forget that the people who finally made their pick may not have actually been undecided. They may have simply embraced the position they always were going to embrace in the last few days. What about the others? Eleven percent claim to have decided in October and 79 percent said they voted before that.

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.