Ambassador Pekala predicts close result in U.S. presidential election

  • 2012-11-06

RIGA - U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala (pictured) believes that the result of the U.S. presidential election will be extremely close and support for current U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney - very similar.

Pekala pointed out in an interview with Latvian Radio this morning that Obama and Romney will be neck-and-neck in the race for the White House due to both sides' active campaigning, but declined to predict the outcome.

Even though both election platforms match here and there, they are very different regarding foreign policy, economic, tax and social matters, emphasized the ambassador and added that employment and economy could become the main election issues since the United States has also experienced a recession and people are concerned about their future.

Latvian-American relations will remain excellent regardless of who emerges victorious, emphasized Pekala.

The main presidential candidates are current U.S. President Barack Obama from the Democratic Party, and Governor Mitt Romney from the Republican Party.

The latest poll ("The Wall Street Journal"/ NBC) has Obama ahead by 1 percentage point.