Ohio may be especially critical to Romney, whose party has never won the presidency without taking the state. "Ohio, you're the lynchpin, you're the battleground of battlegrounds," Romney running mate Paul Ryan said Friday while campaigning there.
More and more, demography may be destiny in electoral politics – more so now than at any time, and it may be what saves Obama from becoming a one-term president.
“Obama is likely to get blown out among white voters on Election Day, narrowly lose independents nationwide and may yet still win, based on historic margins among groups that often lean Democratic, but don’t necessarily vote at high rates: Latinos, African-Americans, young people and unmarried women,” posits Alexander Burns at Politico.com.
“The president has campaigned hard on immigration reform and national surveys show him leading Romney by 40 to 50 points among Latinos,” Burns writes. “Democrats have pummeled Republicans for their opposition to abortion rights and funding for Planned Parenthood, running up their support among women. On the stump, Obama touts accomplishments that appeal to a younger, socially liberal age group, such as repealing the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ban on gays in the military.”
Will it pay off? Tuesday will tell.
Meanwhile, the final campaign sprint is underway this weekend.