During the primary season, It’s A Free Country’s political reporter Anna Sale made her way through the swing states, talking to the most coveted — and besieged — voters in the country about what's changed in their lives since 2008 and what matters most to them for the next four years.
We kept track of whom Anna met, what she's eating, and where she was headed at #AnnaSwings on twitter.
Leading up to today’s first presidential debate, Colorado voters are getting barraged with campaign advertising. Most of it focuses on numbers – the size of the debt, unemployment figures, and 47 percent. But voters about talking about something else entirely: Abortion.
Swing voters we met earlier this summer are still leaning the same ways they were weeks ago, but now their fuzzy instincts and impressions are crystallizing, revealing partisan battle lines that would have been wholly unpredictable four years ago.
To win this state again in 2012, the Obama campaign must hold on to the advantages it gained outside the state’s traditional Democratic strongholds.
If there's one place you'd expect to find an enthusiasm gap for Obama supporters, it'd be in Madison. But after running into weary and cynical voters in Colorado and Iowa, Wisconsin voters sounded remarkably resolved for another contest.
President Barack Obama won Iowa in 2008 by nine percentage points, but his support here is softening as his approval rating and favor with independent voters has dipped.
The disappointed Iowa voters I met, though, aren't convinced that Mitt Romney is a viable alternative, particularly because of his wealth and his failure in their eyes to adequately address the struggling middle class.
In this first swing swing, we'll hear from voters in Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio about what's changed in their lives since 2008 and what matters most to them for the next four years.
Winning this state in 2012 will come down to which campaign can woo Iowa’s ticket-splitting rural voters and swing Catholic voters, while establishing a edge in the politically diversifying cities.
The choice Colorado voters are anticipating in November is not so much Obama versus Romney, but whether voting for the guy they kind of like is worth the trouble.
Follow along as Anna Sale makes her way through the swing states, talking to to the most coveted — and besieged — voters in the country. In the swing state of Colorado, those are residents of the swelling suburbs and the growing numbers of Latino voters.
This week President Obama is visiting Ohio and Pennsylvania, two states that are already pegged as crucial swing states in the 2012 presidential election. But although these two states are getting the majority of the attention, there are many states that could go to either candidate.