I like numbers – who doesn’t, right? – so, just for fun, I checked out some of the leading economic indicators on the day of the Nov. 4, 2008 election and posted those along with today’s closing numbers. All stock numbers are rounded to the dollar.
2012Dow Jones close: 13,246 (up 133)
Nasdaq close: 3,012 (up 12)
S&P 500 close: 1,428 (up 11)
Natural gas: $3.34
Dow Jones close: 9,625 (up 305)
Nasdaq close: 1,780 (up 54)
S&P 500 close: 1006 (up 39)
Natural gas: $7.25
Jerry, who declined to give his last name, was sitting at the Starbucks on Vista Chino in Cathedral City waiting for a freshly brewed grande decaf coffee.
The 71-year-old – who also declined to say who he voted for – admitted that he and his wife’s vote canceled each other’s out.
The couple winters in Cathedral City, but their permanent residence is in the swing state of Virginia. He said he voted by mail three weeks ago.
His children’s votes also cancel each other out, he added. His daughter, who lives in Santa Barbara, voted for Obama. His son, who lives in Virginia, cast his vote for Romney.
“I think Obama is going to win,” Jerry said. “My wife doesn’t think he will. It’s just a gut feeling I have. I think he’s going to take Virginia.”
Larry Kirchner and Bruce Tominello of Palm Springs are staunch Romney supporters.
“Because Obama has done absolutely nothing in four years,” Kirchner said, calling the President’s handling of Benghazi “inept.”
“We’re both gay and we’re still voting for Romney all the way,” he said.
Judith, who declined to give her last name, said she had a “last minute premonition” when she stepped in front of the voting booth at Palm Springs Baptist Church Tuesday morning.
She said she saw Mitt Romney and wife Ann, who she said was, “subdued.” “She behaved like a lady,” Judith said. And as much as she wanted Mitt to win it, she would be OK if he didn’t, Judith said.
Judith said she has her doubts about Barack Obama. “He enjoys publicity too much – and he enjoys the presidential jet too much.”
Then she leaned in close and said quietly, “I do believe he was born in Hawaii. Anyone who says he wasn’t is not nice.”
Yousef Sobhy owns four gas stations in the Coachella Valley and one in Banning. The past four years have been the worst for his business, he said.
He was at Palm Springs Baptist Church on Tuesday morning where he cast his vote for Mitt Romney.
“We need a change and he seems like he can help the economy better than Mr. Obama.”
Sobhy on gas: He predicts prices will continue to fall, but won’t get much lower than $3.50 a gallon.
Sobhy said “Everyone is nervous about the election,” but whether his man wins or loses, tomorrow will be a better day.
“Getting the election over with is going to help everything.”
“It’s the worst four years for my business,” he said.