With the Electoral College, presidential candidates must target all their attention, time and resources towards swing states, turning the remaining states into spectators. The following stories highlight these trends.
Romney's bus tour: every [swing state] town counts. /ABCNews
Obama: After today, President Obama will have spent 5 days of the last week campaigning in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida and Georgia. Today is his second visit to Florida and will take him from two to four Florida events in the last week with two evening fundraisers. He will spend this afternoon fundraising in Georgia. He held three events while in Massachusetts and one event in New Hampshire.
Romney: Romney held three campaign events and two fundraisers in Michigan last week to finish off his "Every Town Counts" bus tour. He spent yesterday at a campaign event in Arizona and will be in Virginia today speaking at Carter Machinery Company.
Latest Stories on the Candidates' State Strategies:
The New Yorker / June 9, 2012
New Yorker essayist and FairVote board member Rick Hendrik reports that a mere nine swing states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia)-as opposed to 18 states in 2008-have the most influence in deciding the presidential election outcome. The rest are just "spectator states."
Politico / June 16, 2012
Joe Scarborough reports that Obama and Romney neck-and-neck in the polls, below-average unemployment rates in key "battleground states" (like Florida and Virginia) are a crucial selling point for Obama's reelection campaign.
CBS News / June 25, 2012
Now that Missouri is no longer a swing state, candidates are spending less time and money there, according to CBS . This fact highlights that not all states-and not all votes-have equal weight in the presidential election.
LA Times / June 22, 2012
As the nation's largest minority group, Latinos play a critical role in the POTUS election result. LA Times reporter Paul West writes, "if minority groups turn out at levels at least as high as four years ago, they could play a decisive role in this year's presidential election. If they don't, Obama could well lose."
The Wall Street Journal / June 22, 2012
The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama's recent announcement to stop deporting young illegal immigrants is a clever reelection strategy considering that a large number of foreign-born Hispanics live in battleground states such as Colorado and Florida.
Latino Decisions / June 22, 2012
A Latino Decisions and America's Voice poll reveals that Obama's pledge to stop deporting undocumented immigrant youths is helping his election standings: overall, Latinos voting in swing states are now more enthusiastic about Obama, especially in Nevada and Arizona.
The Guardian / June 23, 2012
Romney is tailoring his campaign rhetoric in order to win crucial swing state votes, shedding the social conservatism that had defined his campaign in the primaries, according to The Guardian.
CNN / June 21, 2012
According to this CNN Political Ticker post, Obama is spending money where it counts: he'll be running a new commercial promoting equal gender compensation-but it will only run in swing states Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.
The Wall Street Journal / June 25, 2012
This WSJ story illustrates that, while there are nine battleground states this election, four seem to be particularly important: Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
The Hill / June 25, 2012
CNN / June 26, 2012
This CNN story shows that Obama is targeting ad money where it counts, in swing states Iowa, Virginia and Ohio. Moreover, he's tailoring each of the three ads to "cater to the state in which it's airing."