CANDIDATES TO CONCENTRATE ON KEY STATES
By GEOFF HOLTZMAN
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – With less than two weeks to go before voters head to the polls, both President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney will visit a handful of states that may hold the key to their hopes of winning.
On Saturday, Obama will head to New Hampshire, a state that holds just four electoral college votes, but one that he won by nearly ten points in 2008. Polls show the race there between him and Romney to be virtually even. Vice President Joe Biden heads to the Granite State on Monday.
Starting Monday, Obama launches a two-day blitz that’ll take him through five states. On the first day, he’ll hit Florida, Virginia and Ohio, and will be joined by former President Bill Clinton at all three stops. Then on Tuesday, he’ll stump again in Ohio before heading to Colorado and Wisconsin, a state where the race has dramatically tightened in Romney’s favor over the past two weeks.
During that time, expect to see Biden in Ohio.
As for Romney, he’ll be in Florida on Saturday campaigning with Sen. Marco Rubio, who was rumored at one point to be a possible vice presidential pick. He’ll then wrap the weekend in Virginia. The polls in Florida look good for Romney, who has essentially eclipsed Obama there in the past two weeks. The state’s 29 electoral votes are crucial for Romney if he’s to have any shot at winning the race. Likewise in Virginia, Romney seems to have opened up a narrow lead on the president, who captured the state in 2008.
Romney will then travel to Wisconsin on Monday, where he likely owes his performance there in the polls to Governor Scott Walker (R), whose recall contest this year helped divert Democratic attacks away from Romney.
Another person Romney should credit for helping pull him closer in the Badger State is his running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, who will spend the weekend in Ohio. Though the Buckeye State is currently leaning in Obama’s favor, polls show that the president’s lead is slowly evaporating, and the Romney campaign believes it is actually ahead with Independent voters there.
After Tuesday, the November 6 elections will be less than one week away.
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