My opinion on the final weeks of this election.
The electoral map is shaping up the race. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are looking for the number. The number for the U.S. presidency is 270.
The states in play are Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio and Florida.
Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) are the Republican nominees. They've been pushing harder and harder for Ohio and Florida. They know these two are the key to the White House.
Overall President Barack Obama lost his large lead and now it's matter of just at least making it to 270. So far states that he's carried in 2008 are either leaning towards the president or a toss up. Indiana, North Carolina, and possibly Florida may go to Mitt Romney in this election. The outlook of Mitt Romney taking Ohio is possible but not likely.
Ohio unemployment is 7.2%, the lowest so far to date. The state has maintained healthy growth through the automotive and aerospace industry. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio is one of the country's major bases. Columbus is the hub of the insurance and healthcare industry. Cincinnati is going through a major overhaul of its blight and rejuvenating it's landscape. Cleveland, the only Black majority city is still struggling but it's impact through communications and industrial factories has kept the city moving along.
Columbus is the state capital and the largest city in the state. The population is 794,000 and growing.
The key to the election lies with Franklin County, Ohio (Columbus), Hamilton County, Ohio (Cincinnati), Jefferson County, Ohio (Steubenville), Richland County (Mansfield) and Montgomery County (Dayton).
There's no easy way for either candidate to win without the most important state of Ohio.
Ohio is the biggest prize of all elections.
No Republican ever won the White House without carrying this state.
|Interstate 70 approaching Intersate 270 in Columbus, Ohio. The city of Columbus could determine who wins the state of Ohio|
The state has a Republican governor and state house! The United States Representatives are 12- 4 Republican, Senators split. Electoral votes 18. Redistricting cost Ohio two representatives. The state went to Barack Obama in 2008. It's likely that if the state sours on the president, then this could be a powerful shift for Mitt Romney.
Polls show that the president holds a slim lead against Mitt Romney. So it's basically a tie.
|President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in Dayton, Ohio.|
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are making multiple rounds in the state of Ohio. The Romney campaign are making more stops and hoping that the strong polls shows Mitt Romney got Ohio in his column.
Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has made numerous stops at places in the state. Some stops were controversial though. He made an error in naming a Cleveland Browns player and nearly had a religious charity organization shelter to lose its funding.
Mitt Romney and his conservative allies are bragging about the crowd sizes! So far Mitt Romney can achieve 10,000 to at least 25,000 attendees. That's pretty good for a candidate! The talking point of the conservative media is the president having fewer crowds!
Make no mistake, this is what they're talking about!
For one thing, it's the President Of The United States! The United States Secret Service limits how many people can attend the president's campaign events. If Barack Obama was a candidate running for president, then he can have larger crowds. Nowadays, it's not easy to meet to the president. Under the circumstances, the conservative media shouldn't even run with this talking point. It's not even worth my time to explain that due to security reasons, it's not worth having 50,000 people or more at an event for the president.
For the traffic congestion when the president shows up is massive. They can shut down the roads for up to ten hours. The Secret Service shuts off waterways, bike trails, freeways and the event area for safety.
The president has no control over crowd sizes. He's not the person who hands out tickets. He's not the one who controls the crowds. He's the representative of all Americans! And even though some people aren't hip to the president, he has to protect their lives and safety here in the United States. It's not just by race, sexuality, religion and political standings, it's about principles handed to him under the U.S. Constitution.
But once again if you listen to people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck and Matt Drudge, you've developed a negative thought of the president regardless of what he does!
But instead of worrying about them, here's what you should do!
Help put Barack Obama back into the White House!