This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Battleground States to Watch for This Election

The aggregate of Colorado polls put Obama slightly ahead of Romney 48.8% to 47.3%, or an advantage of 1.5 percentage points.

Colorado Republicans overwhelmingly favored the Republican nominee during the 2008 GOP primary, but Romney surrendered the state in a shocking upset to Rick Santorum in 2012.

The governor shook off his primary defeat and has maintained a close race in Colorado; he took a slight lead for a couple of weeks in October. Again, this state is a toss-up.

Another dead heat can be found in Virginia, where Obama leads by a miniscule 0.3 percentage points. An average of polls shows Obama up 48% to 47.7% in the state won by Obama with more than six percentage points against John McCain in 2008.

A Republican source in Virginia told TheStreet a week ahead of the election that Obama had not been polling strongly in the state, which the source said did not bode well for an incumbent president. The source said Romney wasn't necessarily surging in Virginia, but said it's not a good sign for a president if voters are not showing a commitment to the incumbent by the last days of the election.

Again, this is a toss-up state that could decide the election.

The 2000 election in Florida branded the state for a generation of voters as a notorious battleground state.

George W. Bush carried the state in 2000 by just 537 votes, and carried the state by a wider five percentage-point margin in 2004. Obama won Florida by nearly three percentage points in 2008, but the Great Recession and the devastating housing collapse have left Florida voters in one of the most economically troubled regions of the country.

Romney has held a lead in Florida poll averages since the beginning of October, and he currently leads Obama 49.7% to 48.2%, or 1.5 percentage points.

Losing Florida would cripple the Romney campaign on Tuesday night, but a victory would keep it competitive. The campaign likely is aware that the state is a necessity to beat Obama, and Romney's first trip after Hurricane Sandy forced a pause in campaigning was a three-stop swing through the south, central and north sections of Florida.

2 of 4

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,804.80 +26.65 0.15%
S&P 500 2,070.65 +9.42 0.46%
NASDAQ 4,765.38 +16.9840 0.36%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs