Battleground State Watch: Wisconsin

With Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan to be his vice-presidential candidate last weekend, the Republican ticket has ratcheted up the importance of Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin. The Badger State has only gone for the Republican candidate three times in the last ten elections and in each of those three (1972, 1980, 1984), the GOP won at least 44 states nationwide. Now the question is wheth... More

Why Romney Should Not Waste Time In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has gone Democratic each year since 1988. But because the margins are usually competitive—George W. Bush came within two points of taking the state in 2004 and was within five points four years earlier. The competitiveness of the state usually earns it “battleground” status and a report from Scott Conroy at RealClearPolitics indicates that Mitt Romney believes he has a real shot... More

Battleground State Watch: Virginia

Virginia is must-win territory for Mitt Romney in November Virginia was never considered a battleground state in presidential politics prior to 2008. Virginia was a reliable Republican bastion, even giving Bob Dole a narrow win over Bill Clinton in the latter’s 1996 re-election bid, and handing George W. Bush comfortable margins in the 8-9 point range the next two elections. But Barack Obama cha... More

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