Washington (CNN) – President Obama will wrap up his re-election campaign Monday with a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, his campaign announced Thursday. Early Monday, Obama will be stumping in Wisconsin and Ohio before heading to Iowa. The Monday stops will cap a weekend of cross-country campaigning.
Iowa was crucial to the president's 2008 victory – both his win in the state's caucuses that helped propel him to the Democratic nomination, and he captured the state in the general election with a 54%-44% victory over John McCain.
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He has visited the state at least 11 times this year.
While the state only has six electoral votes, they could be key depending on how some of the larger states break.
Obama was at 50% among likely Iowa voters, and Romney at 44%, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Thursday. That's slightly tighter than earlier in October, though the result was just outside the poll's sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points. A poll released Wednesday indicated a much tighter race in the Hawkeye State – the University of Iowa survey had Obama at 42.7% and Romney at 41%.
Mitt Romney will be ending his campaign Monday with an event in Manchester, New Hampshire – another small state whose four electoral votes could be pivotal. Romney, who has visited Iowa at least 14 times this year, will be stopping in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday as part of his last weekend campaign blitz. Republicans think Romney's campaign was got a boost from the endorsement of the state's largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, last weekend.
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I went to the LOC (library of congress) and read through the transcripts for the last two years.
Won't be voting for a GOP candidate this year.
"Just more of the same failed policies that got us in the economic mess we are in now."
Hey...stop giving Obama credit for that...those were my policies that created the economic mess...not his.
Sandy is Obama's Katrina and Obama's Legacy: A Failed Recovery & Double-Dip Recession.
The fact they are dumping money in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania speaks volumes of what's happening. And they are desperate. His photo-op in NJ won't last and that's all it was – a phot-op. His "team" hoped that the photos of him there would help him. Give me a break! Where was he responding to the devasting floods in Iowa, both in the east and the west. I have a child in Davenport, and when the Mississippi was overflowing and homes floating down the river, he never showed to hug people....didn't need them ...now he does. People in Iowa are smart; they are hard working people with good values and morals. They can't be fooled.
The polls might be close but that don't tell you the true story. When someone plans to invade your country, what you do? You put up a defense but you don't publicize it. When someone tries to burglarize your home, you install an alarm or buy a gun but you don't publicize it. And sure enough, when someone wages a gender war against you, you don't respond to some poll to show how angry you're. NO, you just wait till Nov 6. When someone threatens to put your life savings into a voucher program on Wall Street, you don't vent your anger and fears in a poll, you do so on Nov 6. When an ethnic profiling law is being used againt you and your family, you don't express your concerns in a poll because Nov 6 aint too far away. When right wing extremists say that Gays and Lesbians should be put in a concentration camp and their civil rights should be taken away, you don't express your anger and concerns in a poll. No, you do so on Nov 6th. And when the middle class is being deprived of their collective bargaining rights, their pensions, their life savings, their homes and safety net for their kids to go to college in favor of tax breaks for the rich, you don't respond to some national poll because Nov 6 is right around the corner. And when Romney say that your sons and daughters shoud still be in Iraq and should replace 250,000 Afghans who were trained to take over security of their country, you don't respond to some national poll. No, you let your finger do the deployment on Nov 6.
Hey, that's only part of the picture. And as they say, a picture paints a thousands words. In this case, tens of millions of words.
Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE! Never mind the manipulated polls. Just wait till Nov 6!!!
MY recommendation to all the GOP followers is this: Continue to ignore the RealClearPolitics and Nate Silver's 538 websites. To the rest of us: we're looking at 290-300 electoral votes for the reelection of President Barack Obama.
if obama gets re-elected, who will he keep blaming for the bad state of the economy? himself or bush? and after another 4 years when things still stink, will he finally accept responsiblity for his failure, or will he continue to blame bush? i doubt he will ever accept responsibility if things remain bad because he doesn't seem capable of it. i don't want somebody in the whitehouse that refuses to take ownership of the problems he has asked us to take responsibility for. all we got was bad results and 4 years of excuses, fingerpointing and blame bush.
sorry, can't do another 4 of this. time to give romney a chance.
In the end, even his allies abandoned him - Governor Christie, auto executives from both GM and Chrysler, could no longer tolerate the miasma of lunatic lies that emanated from a vacuous campaign which was as distant from reality as we are from the aurora borealis.
@ – Mike W – In the end, President Obama has not put forth an agenda for a second term. His best argument is "That guy is BAD!"
You Republicans just tickle me to death living in that bubble you live in. Mittens has also NOT put forth an agenda. He has laid out sketchy details that sound good but give NO real details about what he will cut to balance the budget. Don't be surprised, if he wins, that your self-righteous butt is in for some suffering.
My blog is coming soon (pre-election) so tha I can have it up to point to the things that WILL come to fruition on election day. President Obama WILL be re-elected. End of story. All of this polling, these GOP fearmongerers, etc. They know the numbers are inevitable and doing everything within their money and power to try to deny the obvious. The only thing the Republicans will be winning Tuesday night is retaining the House. And then, its on to blaming Romney for everything instead of trying to figure out why they are ONLY the party of rich, old white guys who represent the 20th century.
President Obama has done a great job assisting with the national attention and recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. His presence, however, only underscores how these past few days have been the exception to the norm of his presidency. In may respects he has been attempting to distance himself from his own record as McCain tried to do with the Bush presidency.
Wrapping up indeed. Enjoy Hawaii.
Think gas for $2 a gallon after Keystone pipeline is approved and drilling in Gulf is resumed. Food prices will fall after gas prices drop. Tax cuts will supercharge the economy. Government doesn't create jobs, it destroys them by taking dollars out of the private sector. Vote Romney
There's something strange and unsavory about this Romney guy.
The pro Romney group is not voting for Romney, but against President Obama. That's OK if that group is willing to take responsibility for their votes unlike when they voted for W (twice). America's problems have only gotten worse over the last 100 years, and it's because of the stupid voter.
My business is projected to post a 20% gain this year over last, making it my best year since 2007. Nearly lost my business in 2008 due to the recession. I understand there are still lots of people struggling out there, but the majority of the country CAN NOT say they're worse off than 4 years ago! Anybody who believes we're worse now than then needs to have their head examined, and to quit watching Faux News. We're WAY better today and Obama's gonna win in a landslide.
Sandy is Obama's Katrina and Obama's Legacy: A Failed Recovery & Double-Dip Recession
Except that the response to Sandy has been terriffic (just ask Chris Christie) and we have not had a double dip recession.
@truth hurts–did you forget Ryan is from Wisconsin and doesn't seem to be well liked. Ryan's only job for 20 plus years has been working for the government. Ryan will not be Vice President or a Congressman after the election.
@Lane–You might want to consider another type of career. Sometimes we have to take a job we don't want to pay bills it is called facing facts. Blame Romney because he probably owns the company that sent jobs to China.
Voting is a lot like driving a car: Select "R" to go backwards, and "D" to move FORWARD!
Obama | Biden 2012
Dominican mama 4 Obama
I don't want anyone to "fall for" anything. I was born and raised in Iowa and consider myself "down to Earth and real", as you have put it. I have a sibling who is voting for Obama, and four other siblings who are voting for Romney. I am just sharing my honest assessment, based on someone who is actually living in Iowa and not flying in for an article or campaign rally. That assessment is that Romney will win Iowa next week by at least 2 percent.
Certainly it’s evident to everyone that any suggestion to improve a constipated bureaucracy by President Obama is unacceptable to Republicans. Yet it’s time to sit down on elected thrones with a winced face of determination and get past this obstruction and flush it where it belongs. Vote a straight Democratic ticket. Let’s get things moving again!
Romneys company, bain capatol,is sending jobs from the sensona, or something corp. to china, that is fact, you righties will cling to any lie that sounds good. tax code set by a tax cheat, commander in chief who dodged the draft, get real, that does not sound like leadership, his jobs creation 47, out of 50, yea, hes a real good choice, if you've been brainwashed, wake up before you get what your asking for, mitt is as sincere as an drunken alleycat
This Romney guy has more in his closet than those tax returns.Moderators of the world–spread the word!
Who earnestly speaks for the plight of the poor, the homeless, the sick and hungry? President Obama stands out not Mitt Romney. Define who a Christian should be the characteristics of caring for others and realize that a president of the USA represents all races, faiths and lifestyles. He is correct in not wanting to impose every Christian ruling according to the conservative interpretation of the bible because he represents all Americans and yet in his own walk can and does represent an image to be emulated. We see the charlatan in Mitt Romney as he is none of the above.
No you don't see a lot of Obama signs around, in yards or on cars but you see a lot of democrats in the voting booth. Here in Texas(the republican stronghold of the world)neighborhoods and individuals seem to compete for who can clutter up there yard with the most romney yard art, it's like the more romney posters you have in your yard the more exalted you are, the closer to God you are. Not in my yard or on my pic-up and I've already voted, Obama/Biden 2012.