Obama, Romney Make Mad Dash for Swing States

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If you want to find President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney over the next few weeks, look in the nearest swing state.

This election is as close as they come and will boil down to nine key states: Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and New Hampshire.

'Swing County' Colorado

Jefferson County, Colo., is a swing county in a swing state. Both Romney and the president have been campaigning here for months because they know if they can win this county, they can win the state. And if they win Colorado, they can win the presidency.

Jefferson county resident Matt Ankenbruck is one of the sought-after undecided voters.

"I'm not much of a political person," Ankenbruck said. "I try to get myself informed enough when the election is coming."

He voted for Obama in 2008, but his candidate's performance in the first 2012 debate has him looking at his options.

"That put Mitt Romney in a very good light for me," he told CBN News. "It was really sad to see that President Obama didn't do such a good job in that debate."

"I'm much more leaning to Governor Romney than Barack Obama," he said.

Florida and Ohio

When it comes to swing states, Ohio often plays a key role, and both candidates have been spending lots of time there. After all, the Buckeye State has chosen the winner of each presidential race except one in the last 65 years.

For Obama or Romney to win the presidency, they will need 270 electoral votes. That makes Florida a prime goal because of all the swing states, it's the biggest prize with 29 votes.

Sunshine State voters are split over the candidates, and poll margins are razor thin.

"I'm an Obama guy because he has rolled up his sleeves and connected with me," Florida resident Sidney Brown said. "He knows how I've lived, how I feel."

"We're supporting Mitt Romney certainly," another Florida resident said. "And the reason why is we had promises four years ago, and none of those promises have been kept."

Organization on the ground could provide a slight edge to the president.

"Obama has like 75-80 offices, organized across the state, all focused on getting out the vote," NOVA Southeastern University professor Charles Zelden said. "I think Romney has 20, maybe 25. So, he's really dependent on the Tea Partiers to make up that gap."

Both campaigns are also dependent on their campaign ads. So far, close to a billion dollars have been spent in just these nine states and voters should plan on an avalanche of spots. Then in a couple of weeks it will be over until the next campaign starts.

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