For all the talk of polls, and where President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney stand nationally, the 2012 presidential election will be decided in eight battleground states: Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Florida.
The current state of the electoral college map must be a difficult one for Romney to look at -- all eight of those swing states voted for Obama four years ago. When you zoom in a bit, little Ohio is just enormous in 2012. If Ohio's 18 electoral votes go to Obama, it would be almost impossible for Romney to win; if he lost Ohio, the Republican candidate would have to take just about every other battleground state to get to the White House.
There is no indication that the Romney campaign is even competing in Michigan and Pennsylvania, states that the Romney folks once said they could make some inroads because of the demographic makeup. Michigan and Pennsylvania are currently not solidly Democratic, but instead lean Democratic.Read More »from If Romney loses Ohio, Obama wins big