Election 2012

Obama Not Giving Up on Southern Swing States

Florida, Virginia, North Carolina still in his sights, despite shifting toward Romney

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Obama traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the campaign was "absolutely not" giving up efforts in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, three battleground states where the president has slipped behind Mitt Romney.

The Obama campaign spokeswoman said the president's ground game in North Carolina was among its best nationwide, and that the campaign expected supporters in crucial swing states to be energized by Obama's performance in Tuesday night's debate.

Snap polls from networks and outside polling firms gave the president a small but significant victory over Romney in the second contest, after the Republican nominee's consensus victory in the first debate, on Oct. 3. Psaki added that boosting support with the base was "important at this state in the race," and that the campaign views the race overall as "remarkably stable."