Merchandise with the likenesses of U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are displayed for sale in a shop at Union Station in Washington (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
How We're Doing Ahead of the Presidential Election
August 26, 2012,
Will the 2012 presidential election follow historical trends and benchmarks, or are more complex dynamics at play this year? For the last "How We're Doing" Index ahead of Election Day, Ted Gayer, Domenico Lombardi and Darrell West looked at U.S. economic growth over the past five quarters and how it might affect the November election.