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Obama, Romney Continue to Target Swing State Voters

The battle for the nation’s key swing states will likely come down to a few key demographics, as polls have shown voters increasingly torn between the two candidates. In Virginia, the Obama-Biden ticket has lost the small lead it had in September, with a poll conducted last week by Anderson Robbins Research/Shaw & Co. Research showing Romney-Ryan leading 46-44, with 9% of the state’s voters remaining undecided.

In 2008, President Obama won Virginia’s 13 electoral votes by 7 points, but will likely be playing catchup going into this year’s polls. Pro-Obama ads have targeted women and the “47 percent” that Romney infamously commented on when referring to Americans who do not pay income tax. Democrats have been clear in marking Romney’s campaign as a return to Bush-era politics.

“We can’t go back to the policies that got us into this mess,’’ Obama said during a rally in Nashua N.H. over the weekend. “We’ve got to continue with the policies that are getting us out of this mess.” New Hampshire’s four electoral votes are also being contested. “These four electoral votes – right here – could make all the difference in the world,’’ Obama told a group of volunteers in Manchester, N.H.

Romney made his own appeals to women voters during a Florida campaign stop on Saturday, reaching out to poor and middle class mothers. “I think of single moms today who are scrimping and saving to have a good meal on the table,’’ Romney said, while calling for “big change” in November.

In the past months Romney has been working to soften his public image in order to compete with Obama’s generally likeable public persona. The GOP candidate also impressed voters during the October debates, allowing him to gain ground in the polls.

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3 thoughts on “Obama, Romney Continue to Target Swing State Voters

  1. Jonathan B. Maple says:

    Anyone who, at this point, is still choosing to support Romney is making a fatal mistake. The fact that he cannot give any specificity or further detail to his supposed economic plan to create more jobs is dangerous, as is the fact that he claims he will not ask the highest income Americans to pay anymore tax. This is because when any average person thinks about the fact that he also wants to add "trillions" of dollars to the military, which they have not asked for, there is no way, no how, this is not going to drive us into further recession. We cannot go down that road. We have come too far. And his social policies? The world is watching. For every single woman, every single person of color, every single person of every faith and denomination – we have come too far, America. We are moving forward.

  2. Jonathan B. Maple says:

    Anyone who, at this point, is still choosing to support Romney is making a fatal mistake. The fact that he cannot give any specificity or further detail to his supposed economic plan to create more jobs is dangerous, as is the fact that he claims he will not ask the highest income Americans to pay any more tax. This is because, when any average person thinks about the fact that he also wants to add "trillions" of dollars to the military, which they have not asked for, there is no way, and no how, according to some of the best economists we have, it would not drive us into a further recession. We cannot go down that road. We have come too far. And his social policies? The world is watching. For every single woman, every single person of color, every single person of every faith and denomination – we have come too far, America. We are moving forward.

  3. Judy Ditkowsky says:

    Mitt Romney STANDS with those who think that rape is a maybe crime, and that God INTENDS that a child resulting from a rape be born. A person who is NOT a "creationist" would never state that he was not a descendant of chimpanzees; this is clearly code for creationism. He has given a new meaning to the description of a flip-flopper, so no one – not even the Evangelicals who back him knows what he supports, other than the Church of Latter Day Saints. His missions for the CLDS clearly overrode his patriotism during wartime! but the swift-boaters back Romney.

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