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Pace of Baby-Making Could Hold Clues to the Economy, Presidential Race
Forget the polls. The gauge of success in this year's presidential election could come down to another indicator -- how many Americans are making babies. The fertility rate has long been linked by economists to the health of the economy. It's unclear what that rate will be come election day -- but right now, projections show confidence is down in an historic way. If the trend holds, it's another sign that President Obama will have to counter a pessimistic mood to win a second term.