Battleground Blog: How the swing counties swung
November 8th, 2012
03:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: How the swing counties swung

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here CNN Contributor John Avlon's take on how it all shook out:

(CNN) – Over the last two months of the campaign, CNN focused on the swing districts of swing states as a way of looking at who would win the election. From Jefferson County Colorado and Loudon County Virginia on CNN's OutFront's Final Factors, to the Battleground Bus Tour with Ali Velshi from Florida's I-4 Corridor to Ohio's Stark County, we hit the road and talked with swing voters on the ground. In the end, here's how they voted.
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Filed under: 2012 • Battleground Blog • Mitt Romney • President Obama
November 6th, 2012
01:25 AM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: The first votes are counted

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. The following dispatch is from CNN's Vivian Kuo in New Hampshire.

(CNN) - We’re driving towards Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, seated way up in the northernmost part of the state, sandwiched by Maine, Vermont and Canada.

This tiny hamlet is buzzing – and for good reason: both Dixville Notch and its southern neighbor, Hart’s Location, have the distinction of casting the first ballots in the country on Election Day.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of Election Day starting at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. For up-to-the-minute results, go to cnn.com/results and for our real-time Election Day live blog, check out cnn.com/conversation. Need other reasons to watch Election Day coverage on CNN's platforms? Click here for our list.
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Battleground Blog: The view of a street poet
November 5th, 2012
06:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: The view of a street poet

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. The following dispatch is from CNN's Ed Lavandera in Colorado.

BOULDER, Colorado - We've spent the last week peering into the psyche and soul of Colorado voters in the days leading up to the 2012 presidential election. We've dissected campaign strategies, the economy, key voting groups and those relentless television commercials.

But the quest for a unique voice, a slightly different point of view brought me to the streets of Boulder, a city known for strolling to a, shall we say, peculiar drumbeat. A perfect place to explore the lighter side of presidential politics.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of Election Day starting at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. For up-to-the-minute results, go to cnn.com/results and for our real-time Election Day live blog, check out cnn.com/conversation. Need other reasons to watch Election Day coverage on CNN's platforms? Click here for our list.
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Battleground Blog: Independent and centrist voters breaking with precedent
November 5th, 2012
12:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: Independent and centrist voters breaking with precedent

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here is a take on the numbers in the final polls by John Avlon, CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast..

(CNN) - The final polls are out and behind the national horserace is a fascinating dynamic – Mitt Romney is narrowly winning independent voters while President Obama is winning centrist voters by a nearly 20-point margin.
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Filed under: 2012 • Battleground Blog • Polls
Battleground Blog: 'Team Boehner' looks to get out the vote
November 3rd, 2012
06:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: 'Team Boehner' looks to get out the vote

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. The following dispatch is from CNN's Deirdre Walsh who is traveling with House Speaker John Boehner on an Ohio bus tour over this pre-election weekend.

Findlay, Ohio - As the green "Team Boehner" bus snaked north up Interstate 75 along the Western edge of Ohio on Saturday the House speaker wasn't likely to find many undecided voters to talk to about supporting GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The early stops on House Speaker John Boehner's three day statewide bus tour were all squarely focused on reinforcing how important it is for Republicans to come out in big numbers for the GOP ticket.
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Filed under: 2012 • Battleground Blog • John Boehner • Ohio
Battleground Blog: 10 Things you didn't know about Iowa
A 'ghost player' in a vintage Chicago White Sox baseball uniform emerges from a cornfield as he re-enacts the scene at the baseball field created for the motion picture 'Field of Dreams,' which was filmed in Iowa.
November 2nd, 2012
06:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: 10 Things you didn't know about Iowa

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here, CNN Correspondent Poppy Harlow lists 14 things you may not have known about the state of Iowa, the battleground state she is covering this week.

1. John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa
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Battleground Blog: 14 Things you didn’t know about Colorado
November 2nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: 14 Things you didn’t know about Colorado

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here, CNN Correspondent Kyung Lah lists 14 things you may not have known about the state of Colorado, the battleground state she is covering this week.
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October 27th, 2012
12:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: Hurricane Sandy impacts early voting in NC

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here is a brief report from one team:

(CNN) - With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast, one big unknown is the impact of this storm on the presidential election just 10 days away.

Here in the battleground state of North Carolina, early voting efforts are already being affected in two coastal counties.
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October 26th, 2012
04:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: Tar Heel dynamics

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, conntributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here CNN political contributor John Avlon gives his take upon arriving in North Carolina aboard the CNN Election Express.

(CNN) - The CNN Election Express is rolling up I-95 North right now into Winston-Salem, North Carolina. President Obama won the state by a razor-thin 14,000-vote margin in 2008, buoyed by his landslide win that year. Fast-growing swing districts like Winston-Salem were an important reason why Obama was able to pull the evangelical-heavy state into the Democratic column.
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Filed under: 2012 • Battleground Blog • North Carolina
October 25th, 2012
02:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: The speed of Florida's recovery

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, conntributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here is a brief report from one team:

(CNN) - All across Florida, we're hearing the same refrain on the Battle Ground Bus Tour. Yes, the economy is starting to improve – but it's not happening fast enough.

The key question for swing voters is whether the President Obama has earned more time to implement a real recovery or whether it's time to hire a businessman like Mitt Romney to do the job.
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