Let the 3-Day Home Stretch Begin

Romney, Obama hit the swing states
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2012 11:01 AM CDT
Let the 3-Day Home Stretch Begin
Supporters spell out "Ohio" as they cheer for Mitt Romney Friday in West Chester, Ohio.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Quick, rattle off as many of the "battleground states" as you can. Points for Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire. Partial credit for Pennsylvania, where Mitt Romney is still hoping for an upset, reports AP. And now you have a good idea where President Obama and Romney will be spending the final three days of the campaign—expect them to hit three or four states a day and to change schedules on the fly. Other tidbits:

  • Ohio, Florida: A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has Obama up by 51-45 in Ohio and by a scant 49-47 in Florida. The latter state is especially important to Romney's chances, so he might take heart in knowing that a Tampa Bay Times poll has way better Florida numbers for him: He's up 51-45 in that one.
  • Themes: The Washington Post sums up how the campaign strategies have crystallized, that it's no longer enough to make it about the other guy. "The challenger seeking to unseat an incumbent must make a case for himself. The incumbent seeking to hold on to his office must convince voters not only that the alternative would be worse but also that he has earned the right to another term."
  • No more: If you just can't take any more politics, you can always do this.
(More Election 2012 stories.)

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