Swing States

  1. Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent at The Washington Post, says that the western state is pivotal for President Obama’s reelection:

    "Colorado is a state he cannot afford to let slip away. Can he win without it? Yes, but as is the case with some other battlegrounds, without those nine votes, his route to victory becomes more difficult." 

    Colorado, a historically conservative state, has seen changes in politics mirroring its recent population growth. It went blue in 2008.

    "This year, it could be remembered as the city where his campaign unraveled," Balz says.

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  2. Allison Sherry reports that action-seeking political enthusiasts, conservatives from Utah in particular, are volunteering across the state of Colorado to make their voices heard in the presidential election.

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  3. New Mexico governor Susana Martinez is expected to campaign in a few key swing states on behalf of the Republican party in support of Mitt Romney. 

    As the nation’s first Latina Governor, Martinez is looking to plug Romney in Dallas during a fundraiser for Hispanic Republicans.

    Martinez will campaign in Nevada and Texas. 

  4. Mitt Romney is pulling even with Barack Obama in New Hampshire, according to series of new polls charted here by Real Clear Politics.  

    A poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports shows the opponents tied at 48 percent each, and a poll by American Research Group, Inc. indicates that Romney has taken a 4 percent lead.  

    This comes just about two weeks after President Obama appeared to have gained a substantial lead in N.H., with a 15 percent edge in a poll released last Monday.

  5. New Hampshire’s current Governor, John Lynch, is stepping down after eight years in office.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lynch announced his endorsement of fellow Democrat Maggie Hassan to become his replacement.

    "Maggie Hassan is the leader to help the state moving forward," Lynch said on Tuesday.

  6. yahoopolitics:

    We want to know what it’s like to live in a swing state during the final weeks of the election. How many of your neighbors have Obama-Biden or Romney-Ryan yard signs? What’s the best political bumper sticker you’ve seen? Is there political tension in the air due to differing opinions?

    Reply with your photos and stories. 

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  7. Or a Democrat? 

    The Washington Post launched Unconventional this week from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. 

    Our reporters and contributors here are fanning out using the iPhone app SocialCam to gather the sights and sounds around the convention, and to to ask delegates, protestors and others taking part in the festivities that question. 

    Back on their campuses in swing states, 12 bloggers are also asking that question to their fellow students and others in their communities. We’ll share their videos here over the next couple of weeks, and we also want to hear our followers responses. 

    Why are you a Republican, a Democrat, or neither? Tell us below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #VoterVoices. We’ll feature some of your responses in the 12 along with our bloggers’ videos from their states. 

    For more Washington Post convention coverage, check out The Grid.

    Washington Post »

  8. In counties like this, in states like this, you will determine the future of this country.”

    - Wis. Rep. Paul Ryan at Lakewood High School in Jefferson County, Colo. referring to swing states and counties on Tuesday

About The 12

The 12 is a group Tumblr of The Washington Post and student journalists in 12 battleground states documenting the 2012 presidential election and capturing perspectives of young voters.

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