I love watching the Lefties get nervous. They can’t help themselves as the house of cards come tumbling down. With North Carolina already banked, Florida steadily slipping away, and insiders whispering Virginia showing some separation between the candidates. Mitt Romney’s path to 270 gets a lot easier really really fast. Add in the incredible commitment from the Romney campaign in Ohio — I believe they have had an official rally in the state by either Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan in each of the last six days — and suddenly Team Romney is in the catbird seat through election day. The uber plugged-in Mark Halperin runs an electoral map under this scenario and it is sending shivers down the spine of the Obamatons:
Here’s why some Democrats are worried tonight. If Romney wins the three Southern battlegrounds (FL, NC, and VA) and OH, he is at 266 electoral votes. Leaving the other five battlegrounds unallocated, that means Obama would be at 237 and Romney would only need to win one of the remaining five states to get to 270+. See the map above.
One senior Democratic official expressed real concern tonight unlike I have heard before about Ohio potentially slipping away from Obama (the state has been trending Republican in statewide races, Rob Portman has become a force, religious and gun groups are flooding the state with voter contacts, two of Romney’s top strategists have recently won a statewide race there, etc).
This doesn’t mean Romney has the upper hand right now. But it is no longer at all implausible that he could take the three Southern battlegrounds and Ohio. If he does that, he sure as heck would have the upper hand. And that leaves at least some Democrats with the shakes.