US pres­i­den­tial race is all about Ohio — or is it?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE -

WASH­ING­TON: With one week left in the tight bat­tle for the White House it’s all about the vi­tal swing state of Ohio. Un­less it s about Colorado — or Iowa or tiny New Hamp­shire.

Demo­cratic Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Repub­li­can chal­lenger Mitt Rom­ney both have clear paths to the 270 elec­toral votes needed for vic­tory — and they don’t all go through Ohio the state that both sides have long viewed as key to cap­tur­ing the White House.

Obama still has a slight elec­toral map ad­van­tage fu­elled by his slim lead in Ohio but Rom­ney has steadily closed the gap or moved slightly ahead in some other bat­tle­ground states. Eight states re­main rel­a­tive toss-ups.

Both can­di­dates can con­struct mul­ti­ple win­ning sce­nar­ios with or with­out Ohio. And it’s now pos­si­ble that the tip­ping point could emerge from an­other bat­tle­ground such as Colorado where Obama and Rom­ney are dead­locked in the polls.

Na­tional polls show the race is a vir­tual dead heat but Obama still has a lead of at least 4 per­cent­age points in states that ac­count for 237 elec­toral votes. Rom­ney has a lead of at least that size in states that rep­re­sent 201 elec­toral votes.

That gives Obama more lee­way in the fight for the re­main­ing 95 elec­toral votes avail­able in the eight toss-up states. Even if he loses Ohio, Obama could still get to 270 elec­toral votes.

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