Romney Schedule: CO, 3 days in Ohio, then VA
If you accept RCP’s Obama 247 to Romney 191 numbers, here are the current battlegrounds. Colorado (9), Florida (29), Iowa (6), Nevada (6), New Hampshire (4), North Carolina (15), Ohio (18), Virginia (13). For today, if Obama wins Florida, it’s an early night, barring a Wisconsin surprise.
He plans to do that beginning with the Colorado rally. Romney then launches a three-day bus tour in Ohio on Monday followed by a stop in Virginia – all states Obama won in 2008 and held by Republicans four years earlier.
The schedule shift comes in the last full week before the presidential debates move the campaign into a new phase – one which Romney advisers suggest could prove pivotal following several weeks marked by negative attention, missteps and Republican concerns.
News above from The Associated Press. Obama can play the UN speech anyway he wants, telling anyone that matters backstage to forget it, then there’s the first debate. Given early voting, it could be significant. Despite what we may all think of Obama’s first term, he pretty much has the luxury of playing defense – if the polls are to be believed.
Personally, I’ve always kept the door open for a late big break toward Romney among undecideds, similar to what we saw with Walker in WI. That’s based upon a narrative that began with the 2010 mid-terms.