Romney to focus on 11 states in final election push

Holly Bailey
National Correspondent
The Ticket

TAMPA, Fla.—Mitt Romney will focus on 11 states before Election Day.

The push in the election's final six days comes amid polls showing the GOP challenger in a dead hit with President Barack Obama in many  battleground states, including Florida and Ohio.

Between now and Tuesday, Romney and his key surrogates will attend rallies in Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to his campaign.

Over the next three days, Romney will appear in Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin and Ohio, wrapping up the week with a rally Friday night in West Chester, Ohio. He'll be joined by his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, and more than 100 top Republicans. They include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Arizona Sen. John McCain and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

While Romney aides have not announced where the GOP nominee will be over the weekend, they confirmed he will wrap up his push for the presidency in New Hampshire, where he kicked off his 2012 bid more than a year ago. He'll hold a rally Monday night in Manchester where Kid Rock, who sings the campaign's theme song, "Born Free," will also appear.

A new Franklin & Marshall College poll found Romney closing in on Obama in Pennsylvania, a state previously not considered in play. According to the poll of likely Pennsylvania voters, Obama has just a 4-point lead over Romney, 49 to 45 percent. The results were within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. A month ago, Obama held a 9-point lead in the poll.