No Republican has won the White House without Ohio. And Paul Ryan knows that full well.
"Ohioans you know you have big say so. you know you're the battleground state of battleground states. You understand your responsibility, right? you understand your opportunity, right?" says Ryan at a campaign event in Cincinnati.
The bellwether region of this bellwether state is Northeastern Ohio, home to cities like Canton and Akron. John Avlon is OutFront with the Final Factor that could swing the election for Ohioans. FULL POST
The Final Factors – Our series on the critical issues in the swing states - issues that will decide this election. And there's no place more critical for both candidates than Loudoun County Virginia, about 30 miles outside Washington DC.
Both candidates and their wives have campaigned in Loudoun. And President Barack Obama even noted just how crucial the county is to his re-election bid.
"We won last time in Loudoun County, and if we win again, we win Virginia. And if we win Virginia, we win the election," says Pres. Obama says in Leesburg, Virginia.
The latest polling from Virginia shows it's a tight race: Obama's ahead by just two points, within the poll's margin of error.
And there's one big issue to the voters in Loudoun - aside from Lyme disease: $600 billion in automatic spending cuts to the defense budget that are scheduled for the beginning of the year unless Congress finds a way to cut the federal budget by $1.2 trillion.
CNN Contributor John Avlon has the story.
The Final Factors: Our OutFront series on the key swing districts in the key swing states and their key swing issues that will ultimately decide this election.
Green Mountain Colorado is just 10 miles from the site of tomorrow night's first presidential debate and is home to one of those districts. The key issue there is the struggling middle class.
CNN Contributor John Avlon travelled to Green Mountain for an up-close look at this Final Factor.
Are you an undecided voter living in Colorado's Jefferson County? CNN Contributor John Avlon will be in your area on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.
We’ll take you OutFront to a single predictive precinct in the Green Mountain neighborhood of Lakewood, which has voted for the winner of all presidential and statewide races since 2000, with one exception. It is a middle class community with a median family income that mirrors the national average of $52,000.
They are office workers, retailers, small business owners and teachers, feeling the middle class squeeze between big government and big business, working harder for less and feeling forgotten.
Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront weeknights at 7p ET on CNN.
This presidential election is going to be decided by swing voters in the swing districts of swing states. Despite Obama’s momentum in recent weeks, his campaign isn’t ready to spike the presidential football just yet.
“We've always assumed that presidential elections in our country tend to be very close,” chief strategist David Plouffe told CBS' Face the Nation just days after the DNC convention. “We don't think this one is going to be any exception. We think it's going to be very close in eight or so states.”