The presidential election of 2012 looks like it'll be close, which is nothing unusual given the past few elections. In the last 20 years, controversy and close shaves have been the norm. In 1992, 1996 and 2000, the winner took office with less than half the popular vote. Bill Clinton won in 1992 and 1996 with only a plurality of the vote because of strong third-party bids from independent billionaire Ross Perot. In 2000, George W. Bush won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote to Vice President Al Gore in one of the nation's most contentious elections. Then in 2004, Bush won reelection when a tight race in Ohio gave him a narrow Electoral College victory. If Ohio had swung the other way, Democrat Sen. John Kerry would have won. Kerry did not concede the election until late the next morning.
A cold morning with a clearing sky continuing across Northeast Ohio. High temperatures will stay about 10 degrees below average this afternoon. High cloud cover will build back in overnight with a cold front approaching from the west. The rain that is being produced west of us will dissipate leaving Wednesday, mostly cloudy and dry, then as the wind shifts late this week, warmer air will flow in with temperatures heading into the 60s this weekend.
Parma Heights Police are sounding a warning about con men posing as utility crews. An elderly couple there chased three bad guys out of their home. One even had some sort of ID. One guy showed up and said he was from the water department. The victims say he looked legit. He then went into the basement and turned the water on. Meantime, two other guys walked in saying they were from the power company. The homeowners got a bad feeling and when the woman went to call 9-1-1, one of the intruders knocked the phone out of her hand. She screamed and they sped off. Parma Heights Police say they've heard of similar trouble in Fairview Park and North Olmsted. A concern especially with legitimate utility crews still out dealing with the impact of Super Storm Sandy. Police recommend if a crew comes to your door, call the utility company or call police to check them out.