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White House race contested in far fewer states than in past

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks Tuesday during a campaign stop at the Koch Family Farm in Van Meter, Iowa.

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resident Barack Obama points to supporters before speaking at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. So much for Mitt Romney's plan to compete for Democratic-leaning Michigan or Pennsylvania. And what about President Barack Obama's early hopes of fighting it out for GOP-tilting Arizona, Georgia or Texas? Forget them. The presidential battleground map is as compact as it's been in decades, with just nine states seeing the bulk of candidate visits, TV ads and get-out-the-vote efforts. A small fraction of Americans will determine the outcome of the race for 270 Electoral votes.

Associated Press/September 2012

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So much for Mitt Romney's plans to compete for Democratic-trending Michigan or Pennsylvania. And what about President Barack Obama's early hopes of fighting it out for Republican-tilting Arizona, Georgia or Texas? Forget them. The presidential battleground map is as compact as it's been in decades, with just nine states seeing the bulk of candidate visits, campaign ads and get-out-the-vote efforts in the hunt for the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.
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    • Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks Tuesday during a campaign stop at the Koch Family Farm in Van Meter, Iowa.
    •  resident Barack Obama points to supporters before speaking at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. So much for Mitt Romney’s plan to compete for Democratic-leaning Michigan or Pennsylvania. And what about President Barack Obama’s early hopes of fighting it out for GOP-tilting Arizona, Georgia or Texas? Forget them. The presidential battleground map is as compact as it’s been in decades, with just nine states seeing the bulk of candidate visits, TV ads and get-out-the-vote efforts. A small fraction of Americans will determine the outcome of the race for 270 Electoral votes.
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