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Romney Targets Obama Voters-As Polls Show Tighter Race, Gov. Tries to Peel Supporters From Pres.
The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 9, 2012 | Colleen McCain Nelson and Patrick O'Connor

Posted on 10/09/2012 5:08:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

With new polls showing his campaign gaining momentum, Mitt Romney is venturing into what might be viewed as unfriendly territory, visiting counties in swing states that voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and urging the president's supporters to switch sides.

The strategy is crucial to the Republican nominee: With the pool of undecided voters now small, Mr. Romney's best path to building a majority includes stripping Mr. Obama of some of his more tentative supporters.

"I'd like you to go out and find one person who voted for Barack Obama, or maybe two or three or four or five, and convince them to join our team," Mr. Romney told supporters in Denver recently. "I need you to go out and find people and say, 'You know what? It's not working.'"

The new strategy comes as last week's presidential debate, in which Mr. Romney was widely seen as besting the president, has shaken up the candidates' standing in both national and battleground-state polls.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday showed the president with a four-point edge among likely voters in Ohio, 51% to 47%, narrower than other recent polls. A Gallup tracking poll of likely voters showed Mr. Romney with a 49%-47% lead over Mr. Obama nationally.

Both candidates were in the battleground state of Ohio Tuesday stumping for support on the last day for eligible residents to register to vote.

Mr. Romney campaigned last weekend in three counties in Florida that Mr. Obama carried in 2008. On Monday, he stumped in Newport News, Va., which Obama won by nearly 30 percentage points. He planned to campaign Tuesday evening in Ohio's Summit County, which the president carried four years ago by 18 percentage points...

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TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Polls; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; 2012swingstates; democrats; obama; polls; romney

1 posted on 10/09/2012 5:08:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
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2 posted on 10/09/2012 5:11:21 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good strategy. Its the right one.

Almost no one who voted against O last time has had a change of heart, and decided to vote for him this time out.

But people in every category who voted for him last time are saying that they will not vote for him this time, that they will either vote Romney or sit this one out.

In a fifty-fifty country, that makes a dramatic difference. His former supporters are changing their minds, but almost none of his former opponents have changed theirs.


3 posted on 10/09/2012 5:18:13 PM PDT by marron
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Current polling shows about 47% of poll respondents say they are sure to vote for Romney. Only 43% say the same thing about Obama. A lot of Obama support is very very tepid. Peal off even 1% of that and it can decide the election.


4 posted on 10/09/2012 5:24:14 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: 2banana

Captain America to Iron Man: “Wait, we need a plan of attack”

Iron Man to Captain America: “I do have a plan...ATTACK!”


5 posted on 10/09/2012 5:30:14 PM PDT by Kolath
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