Election Day 2012 maybe more than 500 days away, but the Obama reelection campaign is looking to fortify its position in the battleground states of: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia. Republican state parties in these states would be wise to keep tabs on Team Obama’s movements.
The early focus is on the same collection of states that Mr. Obama carried in 2008, with the exception of Indiana, which advisers believe is out of reach. But among these, strategists are digging deeper into Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia — where census figures show surging populations of Hispanics and blacks, groups that supported Mr. Obama in 2008 by wide margins. The campaign sees possibilities for gains, for example, around Charlotte, N.C., which is where Mr. Obama chose to hold his party’s nominating convention next year, a decision that aides said signaled how serious they are about competing in North Carolina.