Romney Barnstorms the Battleground Counties

Looking at his campaign itinerary Team Romney must be reading this blog!  I keed, I keed.  But honestly Battleground Counties is one of my favorite topics this election.  There is just tons of revealing data in these all-important voter hot-beds.  The Wall Street Journal picks up on one of the more revealing post-debate trends which is Mitt Romney is working on peeling off Obama voters while Obama fundraisers and keeps trying to fire up his base:

Mitt Romney is putting a new emphasis on visiting counties that voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, as he urges Republicans in swing states to help him push the president’s supporters to switch sides… In the aftermath of their first debate, both presidential candidates have also changed their presentation to voters: Mr. Obama, seen as lethargic in the debate, is delivering a more assertive message that focuses on promises he made and says he kept. Mr. Romney is speaking more about personal experiences, such as his work as a Mormon church leader, at a time when some polls suggest the negative image that many voters hold of him is beginning to soften.

Battleground Counties

Mr. Romney campaigned Tuesday evening in Ohio’s Summit County, which the president carried four years ago by 17 percentage points. Another target is Ohio’s Cuyahoga County, where he performed well in the GOP primary and where his campaign expects him to pick up general-election support from blue-collar Democrats and Jewish voters … Last weekend, Mr. Romney appeared in three counties in Florida that Mr. Obama carried in 2008 [Only St. Lucie County and Pinellas County went for Obama.  Seminole County went for McCain 51 to 48]. On Monday, he stumped in Newport News, Va., which Obama won by nearly 30 percentage points. Both states are important battlegrounds.

Undecideds and “soft support”

Polls suggest that only a small pool of likely voters, perhaps 6%, are undecided, though the group doubles in size when it includes voters who say they are leaning toward a candidate, rather than committed. Polling also suggests that Mr. Romney can make inroads with Obama supporters. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted in September found that roughly one out of five Obama supporters said they would “probably vote for” the president, or were just “leaning toward” casting a ballot for him. These so-called soft Obama supporters gave the president lower marks for his handling of the economy than did other backers of Mr. Obama. Some 66% of the “soft” Obama supporters approved of his stewardship of the economy, compared with 87% of Obama backers overall.

Not all smooth sailing for Romney

Roughly half of the more-tentative Obama voters viewed the GOP nominee negatively, compared with 44% of all those polled. One question is whether and how much those opinions will change in light of Mr. Romney’s debate performance, his effort to reveal more of himself on the campaign trail and statements and policy adjustments, on matters such as immigration and taxes, that may bring a more centrist cast to his profile.



  1. Posted October 11, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh Keith. You should see the Marist and Quinnipiac state polls that were released this morning. They are beyond absurd. One of them has a poll sample of D+11 among Ohio voters. Happy hunting on the surgery of these polls 🙂

  2. Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    Romney is going to Buncombe Co NC tonight.

    • Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink | Reply

      Yea Buncombe went for Obama 56 to 43 but I’m not happy he’s in North Carolina #bruisedego

  3. Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink | Reply

    That Congressional district is up for grabs this year. Shuler is retiring.

  4. Posted October 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Big crowd in Asheville tonight for Romney

  5. wholefoodsrepublican
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    driving around here in Charlotte, I see mamy more Romney signs than Obama, slightly more Romney bumper stickers than O

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  1. […] is accurate based on the nature of Obama’s campaign strategy which is a base turnout.  Obama does not campaign in Battleground Counties like Romney, his campaign is one of division towards targeted Democrat demographics not reaching […]

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