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Intense campaigning in Western states
San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 11:07 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012 | Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli

Posted on 09/30/2012 9:09:32 AM PDT by thecodont

Highlands Ranch, Colo. --

From the glittering lights of Nevada casinos to the magnificent vistas and booming tech corridor of Colorado, the wide open spaces, big skies, and big aspirations of Western voters on both sides of the aisle have taken center stage in the 2012 presidential election.

As President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney prepare to meet Wednesday in their first face-to-face debate at the University of Denver, the candidates have lavished attention and resources on the two Western swing states that could shape the outcome of the race.

With 38 days left until the election, the economy and jobs reign as the lead issues. But the increased Western attention has also raised the profile of issues of particular interest to the region's voters. Those include immigration and energy - oil, coal, natural gas and alternative energy production - along with gun rights and even the legalization of marijuana, which will appear on the November ballot in Colorado. Also looming large is the housing slump - Nevada leads the nation in foreclosures and Colorado ranks eighth.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: election2012; swingstates

1 posted on 09/30/2012 9:09:36 AM PDT by thecodont
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What's your big problem about us
clinging to our guns and religion?

2 posted on 09/30/2012 9:42:58 AM PDT by devolve (----- ------- ------------c.1000_and_c.1620-------- ----------------------------)
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