President Obama to wrap up election campaigning in Iowa
November 1st, 2012
12:08 PM ET
10 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. Joe from Virginia

    I predict any result between 49 percent of the popular vote for Obama and 271 Electoral Votes (a narrow Obama win) to Romney with 51 percent of the popular vote and 360 electoral votes (a Romney landslide)....

    November 1, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. Alois

    Deadbeat obama has been campaigning from the day he was installed and has been the biggest failure in recent history. Freeloader obama is the most incompetent and least qualified for the job he has and the past 4 years are proof of that fact. Deadbeat obama and his super corrupt administration have more scandals , coverups and corruption than the old soviet union.

    November 1, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. patrick

    So i guess Rasmussen isnt skewed right??

    November 1, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. clarke

    The only thing I am looking forward to is November 7th. I am full up with politicians and their politics. This has been a very long haul, I wish they would consider changing the process to something shorter. Way to much time and money is put into this process. It has to be awful hard on the people running, the staff and the families.

    November 1, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. BlackDynamite

    The President knows if he wins Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa, he has the 271 Electoral Votes he needs, so he will act accordingly.....

    November 1, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Charlie

    I can't wait for all this divisive hate talk to end. None of you have an inkling about the outcome of this election. Yet, those that were lucky enought to guess right will be all over the net saying, "See, I told ya'!" on Nov. 7.

    November 1, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Why do you want to keep this spineless jerk in office? He can't even stand up to Ralls Corp. actions, that threaten national security. The sooner he and Hillary Clinton leave, the better off this country will be.

    November 1, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. McBob79

    LOL. strategy? THe guy has no strategy. He does have 1 new idea though. He's figured out that the economy is messed up and so now he wants to hire a business czar. This guy is so backwards it's not even funny.

    November 1, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. ronb

    Oh yeah. All the polls are being skewed to Obama. LOL Willard is the WORST CANDIDATE EVER! That bug-eyes, ghoul of a woman (Coulter) told you republicans that, but you were so impressed with willard's money you sacraficed your integrity as a party. Now, the GOP pretty much stands for nothing. And, this election will prove it as it is revealed that many, many people not only voted for Obama/Biden, but also voted for a democrat wherever they could!!

    November 1, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. cgire

    Which modern societies have succeeded without compromise of any kind? The Republican Party seems focused on turning American into just such a society.

    So, yes, this election matters.

    If you're not voting, you are leaving this critical decision to others. You're letting your neighbor vote for you. You're letting your grandpa vote for you. You're letting your ex-boyfriend vote for you. You're letting your crazy Uncle Charlie vote for you.

    And think about it – who benefits if they can keep you from voting?

    I'm not letting that happen with my vote.

    November 1, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Jessie P.

    People writing comments, please, please, please get your facts straight. It was the Republicans that voted against extra security measures for our soldiers and therefore what happened in Bengahzi. My family and I are Republicans and we even know that because we look at the facts/videos online. Mitt Romney did not work across party lines in Massachusetts like he claims.........look it up! He won't release tax returns and has money in accounts in foreign countries. He has lied over and over again on things that Obama has never even said or done..........he is basically arguing against a fictional Obama, a made-up Obama. Mitt Romney will not help the poor or the middle class. We have several friends that are Morman and they refuse to vote for this phoney! Wake up and vote for Obama. Wake up and don't be fooled by Romney. Wake up and don't be so lazy to look up these independent facts and videos on Romney. If he was such a great Governor, why did he only have one term and his approval ratings when he left were anywhere from 20% – 36%? Wake up people and vote Obama!!!!

    November 1, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Ancient Texan

    Don't believe it- Agree 100%...but those that follow this mistake will be loyal to the bitter end. They love those freebies.

    November 1, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. the prophet

    Obama will lose the election

    November 1, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  14. fernace

    I am incredulous that a tax evader & straight up doubledown liar like Romney is this close to the White House! I thought we put tax evaders in prison, not reward them w/our trust, lives & country! I do believe Obama will win & continue his goal of making a better life for all Americans, but in the event that he doesn't, all you hurrahRomneyRyanites will rue the day you put them in this position! You will wish you could have a "do-over," because their policies are all for corperations & the 1%, not you or any of us "little people"! And if your wife gets pregnant thru rape, you'll have to provide for the child & deal w/her rapist's "parental rights"! It's hard to believe some people of this great nation are willing to be so mislead, but have faith the majority of us can still focus on reality! Obama/Biden, Next Tuesday!!

    November 1, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Chris Christie

    My fellow Americans, In early 2012 Fox News came to the same conclusion most of America has. Fox viewers are very uneducated. Viewer comments online, were filled with grammatical errors and misspellings, racists rants, domestic terrorist threats, and outright paranoia. Fox understands that their viewers place is to be told what to think, not to share what they think. In order to further control their minions and protect them from exposing their own stupidity, Fox decided to take the commenting feature off their website. Rupert Murdoch commented "It is better to remain silent and be thought of as a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt."
    This is why we now see all the Republican pig trolls on mainstream sites, spewing their ridiculous paranoid opinions. Please send Rupert an email asking him to set up a playpen area on Fox News where his viewers can go back to and talk about Libya all day, everyday, for months. Thank you.

    November 1, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Mike

    I wish there was a better choice than Obama, unfortunetly there is none. I read these comments and am amazed, that any working person can listen to Romny and think they will be better off with him. It is a simple matter of checking the facts and adding the numbers. Then there are the commenters blaming Obama for their lack of success, pretty sad. If you lost three jobs in three years, I think you best look in the mirror. I've been reading comments for years, this is my first post. I agree, this country is in trouble.

    November 1, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Joan

    I am proud to see that overall the American people are waking up and seeing Romney/Ryan for what they are. The race is still too close but there is so hope for an Obama win. I hated to be taken for a ride. In 2010 most of you buy into the repeated talking points of the GOP and voted them back into the HOUSE. You all got mad that Obama was not doing enough and did not stop to think of the enormous sinkhole of a country he inherited. Their was no way he could have fixed it in 4 years. And to top it all he did not get any help from the replublican. They obstruct everything bill that he tried to pass to put people back to work and grow the economy. Because they wanted back the Whitehouse and did not care that peoples lives were at stake. They took the 2010 win to mean that you all wanted them back in power. For the next 2 years they continue to obstruct and do nothing (the do nothing congress). I sincerely hope you all will go out and vote. Please do not reward the GOP for what they have done to us over the pass 3 years to get rid of Mr. OBama. It is not right. So you punish them at the polls next Tuesday. Show them that we will have the last laugh. God bless you all.. GO VOTe Obama/Biden 2012.

    November 1, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. farmwife1972

    President Obama will be re-elected. People are catching on to Romney's lies. It is so very easy to find things out about Romney that he has tried to hide. It takes a little digging but it is all there. The GOP is making so many mistakes it will be easy for the President to be re-elected. Wake up people!!!!!!!!! Obama/Biden 2012

    November 1, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    So Obama's going to wrap it up in Iowa , huh ? I really don't blame him, but he's UP in Iowa – especially when one of the Factories up there in Iowa that Used to Manufacture Maytag Washers & Dryers ( and other MAYTAG appliances) under the "dubya" regime was shut down) then moved overseas ) I really don't blame the ppl in Iowa for Voting Democrat – hopefully they can get some of their Jobs Back – and something Else goes in – where the factories WERE, so they can get Work, again.
    Vote – Bronco Bamma – 2012

    November 1, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. Joan

    I don't see why so many of you are calling CNN bias towards Obama. I think it is the other way round. They have been very hard on Obama. Overall I don't think CNN has taken any sides. They try to stay kind of in the middle. However, you have people like John King who is definately for Romney. If anything I feel CNN poling favors Romney because they have 8% more Republican in their sampling. They said it themselves. Give them a break they are better than FOXNEWS they are much more trusthworthy.

    November 1, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. Haley

    I am a Republican Christian woman, but i refuse to vote for a guy
    that is involved in a cult religion (Mormonism) that believes in
    multiple wives, magic metal plates and the planet Kolob.

    November 1, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. K

    Are women idiots? They must be to be so fervently supporting Obama.. So many years after women’s lib and the work of true pioneers. Here they are hailing a man who has reduced them to nothing more than their reproductive organs. The Democratic Party has admitted that they created the war on women to stir up the masses. So many years after women fought to be seen and respected as whole people, here is Obama focused on your ovaries and equating your right to vote, the right fought for so hard by women, as losing your virginity. You have been reduced to a se-ual object by your president. And there you are happily lapping it up and asking for another.

    November 1, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    so the polls are right when Mitt is ahead but not rignt when the president is ahead...

    November 2, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  24. henry

    I have heard this from right alot this cycle.. polls skewed if Mitt is not winning the poll but right if he is.

    November 2, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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