To be honest with you, I never envisioned an election where Romney wins Virginia but loses Iowa. I would have considered Virginia the tougher battle simply because there are so many Federal workers there who keep the economy on solid footing.
Sure, I think Romney should sweep all kinds of states, but Ohio still is looking like the big enchilada.
Farmers have become some of the biggest recipients of government largess. Corn farmers look at things like the ethanol mandate as key to their survival, while many Federal workers could make it in the private sector — and many use Federal jobs as a stepping stone to higher-paid private sector jobs.
That, and there’s something in the water near the Mississippi river. The western part of Wisconsin, most of Minnesota and Iowa are just full of liberals who are resistant to reality.