The big swing states are currently Florida, Pa, Ohio, NC, Virginia, Wisc, and Colorado. Those are the states to watch.
There are a few more chickenfeed swing states as well -- Nev, Iowa, NH.
In the other states the race is already pretty much decided.
O has 217 and R has 191, which is actually pretty close.
A lot of Independents are going to be bothered that R has completely switched his positions compared with when he ran against Ted Kennedy for Senate, and when he was gov of Mass. Ergo can you trust anyone who flip-flops like that?? The running joke on SNL (Sat Nite Live) is that Romney-care really is Obama-care.
By the same token, it will be apparent to all the gullible Independents who believed the promises made by O on the economy where possible, so they may be looking for new promises from somewhere else, which is what R is promising. Yes we can has turned out to be no we didn't.
It will probably be a close election, maybe with another Florida moment, like Bush v Gore.
The demographics so far are fascinating.
O has the northeast, the great lakes, and the far west locked up. His really big states are Calif, NYS, ILL, Mich & Md.
R has the south, the plains, and the intermountain west locked up. His really big states are Tex, Ga, Ariz, Ind & Tenn.
The battleground states are splattered all across the national map though.
This looks like the American Civil War all over again.
I too believe everyone should register and get out to vote. The USA is a local democracy and a federal republic, and this only works if citizens actually take the time and make the effort to vote. The easiest way to vote is register for mail-in absentee ballot, if your state lets you do this. Otherwise you just need to go and stand in line, much as people hate to stand in lines.