President Obama to wrap up election campaigning in Iowa
November 1st, 2012
12:08 PM ET
2 years ago

President Obama to wrap up election campaigning in Iowa

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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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. IvotedearlyforObama

    I can't wait until Obama gives his victory speech. Better luck in 2016 Greedy OLD Party

    November 1, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Thomas

    @brian
    I'm Canadian and I'm more American than the Fox-lovin' Republican troll liars on this post. Get offline and get a life.

    ===

    Thanks Brain , you have a Great Country and we our fortunate to have you as our NEIGHBOR !

    Don't worry , we won't let Romney and Ryan take down Big Bird !

    Maple Leef Forever BABY !

    November 1, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Don't believe it!

    All these polls are being intentionally skewed in Obama's favor by using biased sampling data. Then, when Romney wins, Obama and his attorneys will contest the election, claiming "the Republicans stole the election - after all, just look at all these polls right before the election favoring Obama." Americans just are not that stupid that they would would for a deceptive loser like Obama two times. No way!!!!

    November 1, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Hank

    @ivotedearlyforthefailure: Funny, I can't wait for his concession speech. You guys are going to get absolutely creamed. I CANNOT WAIT.

    November 1, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. David SFA

    President Obama wants all Americans to Lean Forward and grab your ankles.

    November 1, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Tiz

    Wow.... going back to Wisconsin? I thought Obama had that state all wrapped up......
    Romney must be looking pretty good for Obama to worry about Wisconsin....

    November 1, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Obamacaresforme

    PRESIDENT OBAMA's second term will prove to be a lot better than his first term. No longer will the Republicans say "NO" to his agenda because he will not run again for another re-election. No longer will the Republicans BLOCK the progress of this great nation. Obama's economic plan works and it would have worked better if the Republicans were NOT blocking everyway they can to deny him of a second term.

    Obama/Biden 2012 "FORWARD!"

    November 1, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Matk

    We have seen Barry's final strategy as revealed in th early voting in NC and OH ....:.. cheat. Select Romney and get Obama. Mayor Daley the first lives on!!

    November 1, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. David SFA

    Barry Obama needs to answer for Benghazi

    November 1, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Hank

    Yeah, I'm real scared. The truth is I CANNOT WAIT. Obama is going to get his rear-end handed to him on a platter.
    You libs have NO IDEA how jacked up the GOP is. Obama is toast.

    November 1, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. ga.democrat

    The Republicans destroyed the economy and took us to two wars. I was struggling to stay afloat and keep my home. The past year I have seen a steady increase in my business and my 401k is doing well. Even with the obstructionists in Congress, Obama has turned the corner for us and I now feel like I am going to make it. I voted yesterday for the candidate who has character and that I trust to do the right thing for all Americans. Good luck and God Bless you Mr. President.

    November 1, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    All President Obama has to do is be himself – a proven successful leader who has worked non-stop for the ALL Amercans. Romney is a liar and fraud with not one plan, not one solution and has refused to be interviewed or answer questions from the media for the past month. I guess if he were President he would ignore We the People too. No on knows what or who Romney is – he changes his positions and his values and his promises daily. Sorry I don't trust him and would never vote for a LIAR. At his fake food drive in OH, he could not even name the state where the food was going. And the whole thing was a fraud – his staff bought canned goods at Walmart for a Romney photo op. To hell with the RED CROSS saying to NOT send canned goods – they need money. President Obama his campaign funds to the Red Cross but Romney gave NOTHING. He will do NOTHING for We the PEOPLE either. He is a corporate puppet.

    November 1, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Chrisyine

    I am a lifetime conservative woman who has voted Republican
    for over 30 years. I am totally disgusted by the recent comments
    on rape by Richard Mourdock and even more disgusted
    that Mitt Romney did not pull his ads for this guy.
    I guess Mitt believes the same thing. He just lost my vote!

    November 1, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. jeannette, USA via Toronto

    As an American in Canada, there is a clear choice: 2012 Obama + Biden!

    Hurricane Sandy, brought President Obama, Fema, and New Jersey Governor together for the better of the good.

    Lets see if the rest of the GOP & Democrats come together for the greater good of the country.

    The clock is ticking, get out and vote for the Future not the Past.

    November 1, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. California Gary

    @nightsong........so you think Ann Romney would be a better first lady? You like being talked down to, as in "you people" do you? We already have a president and first lady with "real" class......I'll think we'll stick with what we have.

    November 1, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. David SFA

    Can you spell Benghazi – TREASON

    November 1, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. gahh

    If Romney and Ryan win, the Republicans are going to shaft the middle class, and the poor. Social Security, Medicare and food stamps, are on the table for cuts, while giving the wealthiest, more tax breaks. If Obama wins, he will be the illegals President. We, the middle class and poor, can't win.

    November 1, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. wyl5326

    Media bias is skewing polls for Barack, but it won't help him as he will get FIRED on Tuesdat ! That's why Axelrod just stake his mustache on 2 swing states !

    November 1, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Internet Child

    How much is the SEIU paying for these pro-Obama comments? I don't think anyone with half a brain and any understanding of the founding of our country would vote for Obama this time around.

    November 1, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Whatever......

    @Don't believe it!: you're right Americans aren't stupid. The 47% ers believed what Mitt Romney said about us behind closed doors. We will certainly not reward him with a promotion to the Oval Office!

    November 1, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. mysimru

    CBS is finally reporting on the Bengazi cover-up along with Fox. CNN is still holding out and bowing to the clay idol. I can't wait for Obama's concession speech so we can take our country back.

    November 1, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    This is the GOP's voting strategy, as stated by Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) which has promoted all the voter ID laws and the Heritage Foundation. His views on voting in America are as follows (google the speech on YouTube; it occurred in Dallas at a gathering of evangelical leaders in 1980):

    "I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."

    We all know that the GOP doesn't have a record to run on and their candidate, Mittens, is a serial liar. And so they are trying to win the election through voter suppression.

    DON'T LET THIS HAPPEND!

    November 1, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Penny Wright

    The Republican Party started two unnecessary wars, drove us over an economic cliff, and let bin Laden get away.

    Obama has done the opposite.

    November 1, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. Edwin

    Don't believe: you can complain all you want about conspiracies to skew data, but two basic points get in the way of people trying to believe you: these organizations only make money based on their reputations. If they produce results that are wrong, they look bad and get less business. It is far more probable that they know something about polling that you don't. Second, conservatives complained dearly about polls being intentionally skewed. They blasted blog after blog about it... until those polls showed Romney ahead. Suddenly, conservatives were believing the polls again.

    You can't complain about poll bias ONLY when it shows Obama in the lead - otherwise nobody sensible is going to believe you.

    November 1, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  25. BADGUY

    @Brian – How can I become a Canadian Citizen? I tried swimming across Lake Superior but was caught and shipped back to the US as a "wet back". I understand the Canadian Government is not allowing refugees from a 3rd world country like the USA? What's up with that?

    November 1, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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