New York Times: 2012 Presidential Battleground State Ratings

Unless something dramatically changes, we could be reviewing the same nine presidential battleground states from now until Election Day 2012. The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny reports:

As the general election race intensifies, Mr. Obama begins with a slim edge in several critical states and has a variety of paths to winning re-election, according to the Times analysis of electoral votes. But there are considerable opportunities for Mr. Romney, whose candidacy is in a position of strength in enough states where a victory could deny the president a second term.

The Times ratings, which will be reviewed periodically throughout the campaign, find nine states are locked in the tossup category: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

In the quest to win the necessary 270 electoral votes, the president has 185 solidly on the Democratic side and Mr. Romney has 158 in safe Republican territory. The analysis finds 115 electoral votes in the tossup category, with 32 leaning Democratic and 48 leaning Republican.

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