Washington (CNN) – As the presidential race moves into the general election this fall, candidates crossing paths in the same battlegrounds will be a daily occurrence. Consider this a sneak preview.
At least three times this week Mitt Romney, the likely GOP nominee, will campaign in the same area as President Barack Obama or top surrogates. Tuesday, first lady Michelle Obama arrived in Pittsburgh for a pair of fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee just an hour after Romney left town following a roundtable event.
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Wednesday, Obama will make his second trip in 27 months to Elyria, Ohio, a working class community outside Cleveland. Romney comes to the Cleveland area to campaign the following the day.
Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden holds a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona, where Obama campaign strategists may make a play this fall. Friday, Romney comes to nearby Scottsdale to address the Republican National Committee spring meeting.
In addition to stops on common ground, Romney will make a speech Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Romney's choice of venue appears deliberate: a spot directly across the street from Bank of America Stadium, where Obama will speak after his re-nomination at the Democratic National Convention in September. The Romney camp, getting a head start, bills the speech as a prebuttal to the Obama convention address.