Obama campaign swing includes Las Vegas on Thursday


President Obama will campaign in Las Vegas on Thursday as part of a three-state battleground swing, his campaign announced Sunday.

No details were immediately available. Obama's visit will come one day before early voting ends in Nevada and five days before the Nov. 6 election.

The president will stop in Nevada, Boulder, Colo., and Springfield, Ohio for grass-roots events on Thursday, the campaign said. Obama will then campaign on Friday in Ohio.

Obama's schedule could be changed because of the weather, however, as the East Coast faces storm conditions, his campaign said.

Nevada is one of half a dozen battleground states that could decide the White House race.

Obama has visited the Silver State nine times so far this year.

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney also has pinned his hopes on winning Nevada, where Obama has been edging him in recent polls.

Romney's son Josh is scheduled today to campaign across Northern Nevada with his family on the Romney campaign bus. He was set to make stops in Reno, Fernley, Fallon and Winnemucca to pump up early voting, the Romney campaign said.

The Romney campaign dismissed the president's planned trip as just another empty speech.

"Nevadans are suffering in this economy and the president's misguided policies have only made it more difficult for families and businesses to make ends meet," said Mason Harrison, the Romney campaign spokesman in Nevada. "Our nation is at a turning point in this election, and Mitt Romney is the only candidate to offer a detailed plan that will deliver a real economic recovery. We know he can do it because he has done it before, working with Republicans and Democrats to create real change. We can't afford four more years of broken promises - we need a real recovery."

Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 11.8 percent and one of the worst home foreclosure rates.

Registered Democrats, however, outnumber Republicans in the state by 90,000 voters, giving Obama an edge. Democrats also have been going to the early voting polls in much higher numbers so far.

Contact reporter Laura Myers at lmyers@reviewjournal .com or 702-387-2919. Follow @lmyerslvrj on Twitter.

 

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