Elections 2012: Obama, Romney Campaign Intensely in 2012 Swing States

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have embarked on the last stretch of a grinding presidential campaign.

In the final days before the presidential elections, the two rivals are in a statistical tie nationally in recent polls. Photo: Barack Obama/Flickr

Recent polls demonstrate a race for the popular vote the upcoming election so close that only a statistically insignificant point or two separated the candidates, explains CBS News.

National opinion polls in the nine battleground states show a slight difference after the president’s poor performance in the first presidential debate, on Oct. 3, and the race has stayed close since then.

According to the U.S. legislation, the winner of the elections is not determined by the nationwide popular vote but in state-by-state contests, making swing states that are neither consistently Republican nor Democratic extremely important in such a tight race.

The U.S. president and the former Massachusetts governor are doing their best to win at least 270 electoral votes. The electoral votes are apportioned to states based on a mix of population and representation in Congress.

The Republican candidate sprinted through a New Hampshire-to-Iowa-to-Colorado day faulting his rival for telling his supporters a day earlier that voting would be their “best revenge.”

“Vote for `revenge?'” the GOP candidate asked in New Hampshire, oozing incredulity. “Let me tell you what I’d like to tell you: Vote for love of country. It is time we lead America to a better place.”

In an airport rally early in the afternoon, Romney suggested a crowd to try to sway friends and neighbors who back his rival. He went on, adding that he would reach out to Democrats as well if elected.

“I want you to reach across the street to the neighbor, who has that other sign in his front yard. And I’m going to reach across the aisle in Washington, D.C., to the politicians who are working for the other candidate,” Romney told about 2,000 people.

Soon after that the U.S. president reminded a crowd of his supporters in downtown Dubuque that he had started his first presidential bid in Iowa five years, and highlighted successes of his time in office.

“After two years of campaigning and after four years as president, you know me by now. You may not agree with every decision I made, you may have sometimes been frustrated with the pace of change. But you know that I say what I mean and I mean what I say,” Obama said.

Campaigning in the battleground of Ohio, Obama offered himself as the candidate voters can trust, renewing his criticism of Romney for what he said were misleading ads suggesting that automakers were shifting U.S. jobs to China, reports The Huffington Post.

“You want to know that your president means what he says and says what he means,” Obama told a 4,000-person crowd in northeast Ohio. “And after four years as president, you know me.”

President Obama asked his supporters to shepherd their friends, neighbors and girlfriends to the polls to vote early, tacking on this very practical caveat: “You should convince them to vote for me before you drag them off to the polls.”

Obama has a very slight lead over his rival in Ohio with 46 percent compared to 45 percent support among likely voters, the poll showed.In Florida, another big prize, they are tied at 47 percent, Yahoo! News informs.

In Virginia, the U.S. president leads the former governor 48 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. In Colorado, Romney eclipsed Obama 47 percent to 45 percent.

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