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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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NATIONAL
October 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
NORTH CANTON, Ohio - Appealing to the same voters through different strategies, President Obama and Mitt Romney forwarded their arguments across the key swing states on Friday as they kept an eye on an approaching storm that threatened their campaign travel. Romney hit Iowa and Ohio, criticizing new economic reports as evidence of a need for change in the White House and painting a troubling picture of a second Obama term. "You see, if he's reelected you're going to have the status quo. You're going to have more of the same for four years," Romney told thousands at a rally in bitterly cold weather on a high school football field.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta and Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Mitt Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts was the focal point of presidential campaign sparring on Saturday, with the GOP nominee boasting that he worked across the aisle to close a multibillion-dollar budget gap and President Obama arguing that his tenure benefited the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Romney, speaking to thousands in a plane hangar in Kissimmee, said Washington needed bipartisan collaboration to fix the nation's problems, and he pointed to his record in Massachusetts working with a legislature that was 85% Democratic.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
CINCINNATI - In battleground states across the country, President Obama and Mitt Romney pressed voters to their sides Thursday, with the incumbent arguing that he was the candidate voters could trust and the challenger insisting that he represented needed change. With election day less than two weeks away, their campaigning crackled with urgency. Obama continued on a nonstop two-day tour of several battleground states, moving from Nevada overnight to Florida in the morning, and later to Virginia, Illinois - where he voted - and on to Ohio.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
INDIANOLA, Iowa - Friday was senior night at Indianola High School, the Indians set to play the Lincoln Railsplitters in the last home game of the season. First, though, came a dose of tradition, celebratory and sweet. Every football player, cheerleader, cross-country runner and band member poised to graduate in spring marched down the track, their names and plans called out over the public address system as the shivering crowd cheered. Bob Kling did the honors for the marching band's seniors: Samantha Barth, Central College, pre-med … Hannah Hayden, Concordia University, Christian education … Travis Huss, undecided.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
BOCA RATON, Fla. - With the debates behind them, President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney launched themselves Tuesday into a final sprint across the half a dozen or so states that will probably decide which of the two claims the White House on Nov. 6. Obama released a glossy booklet offering his plans for a second term, which he touted in a TV ad claiming progress after four years of middling economic growth. "It's an honor to be your president," Obama said, looking evenly into the camera, "and I'm asking for your vote.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Could the auto industry determine the next president? The different views of the $85-billion auto industry bailout by the contenders for the White House are sure to influence voters in a swing state such as Ohio, where making cars represents a huge chunk of the state's economy. The recovering industry makes for "a good story to tell," especially for the Democrats and President Obama, who pushed the bailout, said Thilo Koslowski, an automotive analyst at research firm Gartner Inc. when the latest auto sales numbers came out earlier this month.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
HOLLIS, N.H. -- As might be a necessity in small towns like this one, which is at the beginning of what could be a very long winter, Republicans and Democrats sit down together over cups of coffee at the town's two diners every morning and remain cordial, even when talking about politics. But that doesn't mean the citizens sharing shelter from a rainy fall morning agreed on much the night after the vice presidential debate. The debate, like a Rorschach test, allowed voters in this popular campaign stop to see the election as they wanted to see it, without changing many minds.
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. -- Barack Obama carried this state by 10 percentage points in 2008, and polls this year have had him ahead of hometown candidate Mitt Romney, who has a house in Wolfeboro, by as much as 7 percentage points. But recent polls have showed the race tightening in the Granite State, perhaps because of voters such as Erin Pompeo, a stay-at-home mom from Stratham. Pompeo was pretty well settled on Obama until she saw the first presidential debate. Suddenly Romney, who Pompeo had thought was too “silver spoon,” looked appealing.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Are you better off now than four years ago? If you live in one of the key swing states, chances are the answer is "yes. " And that could prove to be a difference maker in the competitive race for the White House. Even as the national economy remains stubbornly sluggish, the performance of several hotly contested states has been comparatively bright. Of the dozen or so swing states in this year's presidential election, half have jobless rates below the national average, including the battlegrounds of Ohio and Virginia.
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