Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Presidential Election

October 23, 2012

Obama, Romney pumped for dash to the finish

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The Denver suburbs. Cincinnati. Reno, Nev. They're places that typically vote Republican, but where McCain fell short of the margins he needed to defeat Obama. To win in all-important Ohio, the GOP nominee must outperform McCain in typically Republican areas.

Romney and Ryan start their two-week dash in Henderson, Nev., then hopscotch to the Denver area for a rally with rocker-rapper Kid Rock and country music's Rodney Atkins at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Then Romney heads back to Nevada, on to Iowa and then east to Ohio for three overnights in a row. By week's end, he's likely to be back in Florida.

The following week brings a significant uptick in Romney's schedule. Aides say he'll touch down in two or three states a day, or hold that many daily events in big states like Florida.

Both sides are working furiously to lock down every possible early vote, and the results are evident in the 4.4 million people who've already cast ballots. Obama will detour to Chicago Thursday to make a statement about voting early by becoming the first president to cast his own early ballot.

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Benac reported from Washington. AP writers Kasie Hunt in Boca Raton, Fla., and Nedra Pickler, Julie Pace, Jack Gillum and Beth Fouhy in Washington and contributed to this report.

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