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Positive thinking is important, maybe even key at this point in the presidential election.

That is the impression both campaigns are giving, the Wall Street Journal notes.

Before the presidential debates, both sides were downplaying expectations for their respective candidates.

Now, it is just the opposite: Both Democrats and Republicans are using early-vote counts, Electoral College projections and voter turnout conjectures to weave a positive story for the Obama and Romney causes.

Thus, Mitt Romney’s campaign is painting the picture of a candidate who has been making steady progress for weeks and is headed for victory. President Barack Obama’s people say that the president holds a narrow lead or is tied in nearly every swing state — a recipe for success in the Electoral College.

While the Democrats say that early voting in Iowa and Nevada shows an Obama advantage, Republicans point to Colorado as a state that is favoring Mr. Romney.

Last Tuesday, Obama strategist David Axelrod said, “Were leading nationally and we’re leading in these battleground states.”

On Wednesday, Mitt Romney told a crowd in Iowa: “We’re are going to win by the way.”

There are reasons to think positive. Everyone loves a winner: the campaigns themselves, donors and voters will work all the harder if they sense victory is likely. Yet showing too much confidence may convince some supporters not to vote. The campaigns tread a fine line.

At this stage of the game, both sides are trying to show that their candidate has the edge and is headed in the right direction.

As many as 30 polls show the race is tight, too close to call. Yet both campaigns are projecting victory.

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