(CNN) - The battle for the White House has ventured onto the airwaves, into mailboxes, across the internet –and now the bitter contest will hit the asphalt.
On the same day Mitt Romney launches his five-day bus tour in New Hampshire Friday, the Democratic National Committee will kick off a bus tour of its own in the Granite State.
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Starting in Exeter, New Hampshire–less than five miles from Romney's launch point in Stratham–the bus will travel west along a similar path to that of Romney's six-state itinerary, according to DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse.
With the goal of pointing to Romney's economic policies, which they argue "throw Middle Class Americans under the bus," the tour will include at least ten stops-with most arrivals timed slightly ahead of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
Both buses are scheduled to travel through New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan–all likely battleground states this fall. A number of potential GOP running mates are also slated to appear with Romney.
The DNC, however, isn't the only group chasing the Romney bus.
MoveOn.org, a liberal advocacy group, will trail the Romney camp in a Cadillac with what it described as NASCAR-style decals and a dog on top–a nod to a widely-cited story involving Romney driving his family car with his dog locked in a crate on the roof of his car.
Romney's campaign was already putting on some miles Thursday, stopping at President Barack Obama's speech in Ohio. The bus caused a stir by honking as it circled around the event.
Turf crashing, however, isn't entirely new in the campaign. Romney staffers disrupted an Obama campaign event in Boston two weeks ago, protesting in front of a rally held by Obama's senior strategist, David Axelrod.
Despite recent circus-like showdowns, Romney's team maintains aggressive campaign tactics will not likely be a main component of the 2012 presidential race.
"I think this campaign will be about a lot of things, but not mascot stealing," Romney campaign adviser Stu Stevens said.
- CNN's Jim Acosta and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.