With only 36 days until the election, Mitt Romney's path to victory is narrowing. According to opinion pollsters it looks like come November 6 the electoral map will be more blue than red. To win the White House, 270 electoral votes are needed; at this point, many polls show President Obama winning with at least 300 votes.
Of the 50 states up-for-grabs 23 of those states are considered safely Republican and 16 safely Democrat. The usual-contenders for GOP victories are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The usual Democrat victory locales are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and D.C. Neither of these lists win it for either party.
This year, polls also show Obama winning a likely victory in the swing states of Ohio and Iowa. To beat Obama, Romney would need to take Ohio or Iowa from Obama and also win in the crucial states of Florida, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Virginia.
Current polls show Obama ahead in those crucial states. Thanks to a string of seemingly endless gaffes by the Republican nominee, as well an economic upswing, Obama is gaining momentum in this final countdown to election day. Even in Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin, polls show Obama with a clear lead.
Early voting in already underway in key states like Iowa, where Obama is also seeing a lead. A poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register shows Obama ahead 49% to Romney's 45%.
Let the election day countdown continue.