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
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
October 31st, 2012
02:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: Ohio's senators weigh in on Romney Jeep ad controversy

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 Contributor John Avlon offers his take on a controversy surrounding some claims Mitt Romney has made about the auto industry.

(CNN) - Here in Ohio and other Rust Belt battleground states where this election will be decided – the auto bailouts are a personal, political and pocket-book issue.

The latest campaign skirmish over the auto industry concerns comments Mitt Romney made on the stump about Chrysler allegedly moving Jeep manufacturing overseas to China. This drew immediate outcry from the company and provided a field day for Fact-Checkers who pronounced the statement a "Pants-on-Fire."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
October 30th, 2012
11:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: Shooting survivor passionate about 2012 election

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 CNN contributor John Avlon, who talked to one Democrat in Ohio.

(CNN) - On the Battleground Bus Tour, we've met some extraordinary people. Usually, our focus is talking with the swing voters in swing states who will decide this election. But while Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, we started reporting a story on the ground game being implemented by both campaigns in Ohio.

At the Stark County Democratic Party Headquarters, we met a dedicated volunteer who lived through a dark chapter of American history and retained his sense of civic commitment.

His name is Dean Kahler and he was shot at Kent State in 1970.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio
October 28th, 2012
02:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: Virginia students engaged and informed

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 report from John Avlon, CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. It's his take on a student town hall held in Lexington, Virginia.

(CNN) - The Battleground State Bus Tour rolled into Lexington, Virginia, and sat down with twenty college students at Washington & Lee University to talk about the election.

The economy is still the number one issue for these students, but surprisingly it isn't just about finding a job after graduation. The vast majority of students in this center-right group cared most about the generational theft of the deficit and the debt.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Virginia
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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October 24th, 2012
01:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: The committed non-voter

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. In this post, CNN contributor John Avlon offers his take on one Florida woman who says she won't vote.

(CNN) – The Battleground Bus Tour is hitting Florida's I-4 corridor Wednesday, talking with the swing voters who will decide the winner of the Sunshine State's 29 electoral votes in two weeks.
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Filed under: 2012 • Battleground Blog
October 23rd, 2012
04:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Battleground Blog: Dispatches from the swing states

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) - Get on board the CNN Express for the Battleground State Bus Tour – 1,800 miles across the key swing states of this presidential election: Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

This election will be decided by swing voters in swing counties of these swing states – and that's who Ali Velshi and I will be talking with in the two week run up to Election Day.
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