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November 6, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
It's all about swing states in today's presidential election. So here's another swing-state nugget, courtesy of Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. Swing-state stocks have outpaced the Standard & Poor's 500 index during President Obama's first term. That's based on the collective performance of companies that are either based in a swing state or that do a lot of business there. Quiz: Test your knowledge of business news The S&P 500 has notched an average annual gain of 12.1% during the Obama administration.
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January 15, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
RALEIGH, N.C. - Saying he sees possible “breakthrough” year for the U.S. economy, President Obama on Wednesday touted a new manufacturing technology institute in the Research Triangle, an election-year attempt to show he can advance his agenda without his Republican opponents in Congress. “Today, I'm here to act,” Obama told students at North Carolina State University, the leading partner behind the new innovation initiative. The goal, he said, was “to help make Raleigh-Durham and America a magnet for the good high-tech manufacturing jobs that a growing middle class requires and that are going to continue to keep this country on the cutting edge.” The consortium, a public-private partnership involving 18 companies, will focus on developing semiconductor technology used in energy-efficient products.
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March 13, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama's Final Four picks have a distinctly swing-state flavor to them in this election year. The nation's biggest college hoops fan filled out his NCAA brackets Tuesday at the White House for segments set to air on ESPN later Tuesday and Wednesday. The sports network revealed only his Final Four selections thus far, with the full brackets to be unveiled Wednesday. The president chose Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri and North Carolina to reach the semifinal round in New Orleans, the latter three being teams in states that are likely November battlegrounds.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was tapped by fellow Republicans to present a fresh face in response to President Obama's State of the Union address. But excerpts released a few hours ahead of Obama's speech to Congress and Rubio's nationally broadcast follow-up broke little ground from what has been GOP orthodoxy since the 41-year-old lawmaker was in grade school. He sounded familiar anti-Washington themes, accused Obama of overspending and over-taxing, and renewed calls for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and an overhaul of the Medicare and Social Security programs.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
Here's an offer no working reporter could refuse: a one-on-one interview with the president of the United States. If you're a local TV anchor covering a crucial swing state, the White House might even be willing to sweeten the deal. Nine local TV anchors got the full Cinderella treatment from the White House, on a day that one likened to "a whirlwind. " Yes, they interviewed the president in the Cabinet Room on Tuesday. But they also got lunch with the president's top political advisor, David Plouffe; an on-camera tour of the White House main floor in the company of a curator; a visit to First Lady Michelle Obama's garden on the South Lawn; an interview with a White House aide from their home market; and a souvenir White House snow globe (that didn't happen.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
RALEIGH, N.C. - Saying he sees possible “breakthrough” year for the U.S. economy, President Obama on Wednesday touted a new manufacturing technology institute in the Research Triangle, an election-year attempt to show he can advance his agenda without his Republican opponents in Congress. “Today, I'm here to act,” Obama told students at North Carolina State University, the leading partner behind the new innovation initiative. The goal, he said, was “to help make Raleigh-Durham and America a magnet for the good high-tech manufacturing jobs that a growing middle class requires and that are going to continue to keep this country on the cutting edge.” The consortium, a public-private partnership involving 18 companies, will focus on developing semiconductor technology used in energy-efficient products.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau
After falling in love with this Blue Ridge Mountain city on the campaign trail, the White House said, President Barack Obama was eager to return for a weekend getaway. But the erosion of Obama's support in North Carolina — a critical swing state that he captured by the slimmest of margins in 2008 — may have made this weekend's holiday here an even easier call. Obama is visiting a state that he won by 3/10 of a percentage point, the first Democrat to take North Carolina in a presidential election since 1976.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2004 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
In this year's fiercely fought presidential campaign, Republicans and Democrats are wooing Florida's growing ranks of non-Cuban Latinos as voters who could decide the election in this crucial swing state. "This is a huge market, one of several we are going to be going after," said Allie Merzer, spokeswoman for the state's Democratic Party in Tallahassee.
NEWS
September 16, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Rallying unhappy independents, the Republican challenger in Ohio’s gubernatorial race has opened up a sizable lead over the Democratic incumbent, the latest in a string of tough political polls for Democrats. John Kasich leads Gov. Ted Strickland 54% to 37%, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released Thursday. The poll, based on interviews with 730 likely voters from Sept. 9 to 14, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points. Ohio has long had a reputation for being a swing state especially sensitive to the shifting political winds.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
  Conservatives have long lauded the free-market spirit of this dusty, mountainous state, where there is no income tax and even some Democrats rail against big government. The location of the iconic Las Vegas Strip? Determined by a hotel owner who built outside city limits to skirt municipal taxes. Yet as the GOP hopefuls fan out across Nevada in advance of Saturday's presidential caucuses, they may find that their economic prescriptions fall flat with all but their base.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
In one Florida county, voters were wrongly told they could vote the day after the election. In storm-racked New Jersey, emergency plans to allow email voting proved too popular for election officials to handle. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, a variety of problems raised questions about the integrity of the vote. Although most Americans cast ballots without incident Tuesday, there were enough glitches to cause concern among voting rights activists and to provide work for some of the thousands of lawyers who were standing by, representing parties, candidates and nonpartisan voter advocacy groups.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
It's all about swing states in today's presidential election. So here's another swing-state nugget, courtesy of Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. Swing-state stocks have outpaced the Standard & Poor's 500 index during President Obama's first term. That's based on the collective performance of companies that are either based in a swing state or that do a lot of business there. Quiz: Test your knowledge of business news The S&P 500 has notched an average annual gain of 12.1% during the Obama administration.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After a final cross-country campaign whirl by both candidates, President Obama heads into election day riding a slim lead in enough key states to secure a second term, while Mitt Romney remains competitive and could yet unseat him. National polling showed late voter movement toward Obama, raising the possibility that the election might not drag out for days and weeks of wrangling over disputed ballots, as some feared. The president continued to maintain a slight edge in the vast majority of swing-state opinion polls, though his advantage typically remained within the surveys' margins of error, leaving the contest statistically tied.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
VIENNA, Ohio - This is Paul D. Ryan's second-to-last day as a vice presidential nominee, and the congressman seems to be relishing his last few hours on the trail, reveling in the rock-star-like rallies as crowds chant for him and cheer his name. Ryan held five rallies in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin the day before Tuesday's election, telling crowds in his second-to-last rally of the night, in an airport hangar near Youngstown, Ohio: “We're in the home stretch. This is the final countdown.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
MORRISVILLE, Pa. - Trying to quilt together a patchwork of states that would give him the White House, Mitt Romney ricocheted around the country Sunday, arguing that he represented true change and that reelecting the president would mean a continuation of the status quo: chronic unemployment, high energy prices and increased dependence on government. Romney said Obama had promised much but had fallen "so very short. " "Talk is cheap, but a record is real and it's measured in achievements," the Republican nominee said, bundled against the cold at his rally in a farm field.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
CINCINNATI - It would be unfair to suggest that the fates of President Obama and Mitt Romney rest on the shoulders of two devoted partisans from opposite sides of Cincinnati. But Tim Burke and Alex Triantafilou know that after polls close Tuesday, one of them may be called a hero and the other, well, the opposite of that. "There will be people in the party who will seek to blame," Triantafilou said. "Absolutely. " He would know. Triantafilou, 42, is chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party.
NATIONAL
May 5, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
PITTSBORO, N.C. - With voting already underway for Tuesday's primary in this moderate Southern state, the discourse has been dominated not by candidates, but by a bitterly contested measure known as Amendment 1. If approved, it would be among the most restrictive of the marriage amendments passed in 30 states. It would amend the state's constitution to specify: "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was tapped by fellow Republicans to present a fresh face in response to President Obama's State of the Union address. But excerpts released a few hours ahead of Obama's speech to Congress and Rubio's nationally broadcast follow-up broke little ground from what has been GOP orthodoxy since the 41-year-old lawmaker was in grade school. He sounded familiar anti-Washington themes, accused Obama of overspending and over-taxing, and renewed calls for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and an overhaul of the Medicare and Social Security programs.
NATIONAL
November 2, 2012 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
TAMPA, Fla. - Even as the lion's share of attention in the presidential campaign goes to the battleground of Ohio and the storm-battered states of the Mid-Atlantic, the outcome to the south, in the nation's largest swing state, now seems very much in doubt. Mitt Romney moved into a lead here after the first presidential debate, and since then, aides have insisted that Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, sat solidly in their column. But with several polls showing President Obama's fortunes improving here and Democrats performing well in early voting - as of Thursday morning, they led by about 59,000 out of more than 3 million absentee and in-person early votes - Romney has had to devote precious hours to defending his position in the state.
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Bob Secter
President Obama got welcome final-week polling news Wednesday as new surveys in several keenly contested states showed him holding or expanding a lead. In Wisconsin, a new survey from the Marquette University Law School showed Obama grabbing an 8-point lead, 51%-43%, over GOP challenger Mitt Romney among likely voters. The poll also showed Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin clinging to a 4-point edge over Republican Tommy Thompson in a race that could prove pivotal to control of the chamber.
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