Candidates fan out after combative presidential debate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

UNDATED (AP) -- On the day after the contentious debate between the presidential candidates, President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and their running mates are heading back out to states where the election is up for grabs.

Romney is heading to Virginia while his running mate Paul Ryan campaigns in Ohio. Those are two states that Obama won four years ago where the GOP ticket has been making its most aggressive run.

Obama is headed to Iowa and Vice President Joe Biden to Colorado and Nevada.

Obama appears to have 237 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory comfortably in hand, and Romney is confident of 191. That leaves 110 electoral votes at stake in nine battleground states: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire.

With just 20 days left until the election, polls show an extremely tight race nationally.

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