Mitt Romney will embark on his "Believe in America: Every Town Counts Bus Tour" on Friday. The presumptive Republican nominee will visit six states in five days starting in New Hampshire and ending in Michigan.
* The tour begins in New Hampshire on Friday, then goes to Pennsylvania on Saturday, Michigan on Sunday, Wisconsin and Iowa on Monday, and Michigan on Tuesday.
* Romney has been spending a lot of time in some of these swing states. On Friday, he was in Council Bluffs, Iowa, talking to people in a diner. He then moved on to Salt Lake City.
* Five of the six states are considered toss-ups in the general election. 270ToWin.com shows a map of the electoral votes in addition to which way states will go. New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa are considered states that can either way.
* Michigan is leaning toward a Democratic vote, but Romney is from the Detroit area and his father was a governor of Michigan in the 1960s.
* The six states Romney will visit combine for 74 electoral votes. Romney is leaving out Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado and Nevada on this phase of the campaign.
* On the same day the tour was announced, Ann Romney's blog informed supporters of a new contest. By donating a minimum of $5 to the campaign, his wife said two supporters will get to spend a day on the campaign bus with the Republican.
William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics. Born in St. Louis, Browning is active in local politics and served as a campaign volunteer for President Barack Obama and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.