The latest series of national polls now indicate that the race between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney is a statistically dead heat. First District Congressman Tim Scott says that, now Romney is the presumptive nominee, Republicans will rally behind the former Massachusetts Governor in an effort to oust Obama from the White House.
Scott shied away from endorsing a candidate in January’s South Carolina GOP Presidential Primary won by Newt Gingrich. But he says most of the campaigning will be done in a relatively small part of teh country.
“This races comes down to about eight states: Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, perhaps Colorado or New Mexico, and you throw in there, maybe Wisconsin,” he told Greenwood radio affiliate WCRS.
Scott believes Romney’s campaign team will use a strategy of targeting a few key states in order to gain the 270 electorate votes needed for victory. “You find yourself having an eight or nine state strategy. If we can win six of those states, it looks like we’ll have a real shot to win the White House.”
A new Gallup poll released this week shows a two-point lead (47%-45%) for President Barack Obama’s reelection bid in key swing-states that could decide the 2012 presidential election.
In Gallup’s daily tracking poll of all registered voters, Romney holds a slender one percent lead (46%-45%) over the president nationally. Both percentages are within the margin of error.
Anne Eller of Greenwood affiliate WCRS contributed to this report.