We have a major announcement to make that could dramatically alter the 2012 presidential election.
As you know, we've been in the middle of a national tour, rallying support for the Romney/Ryan campaign and working to ensure that Barack Obama and Joe Biden would not be re-elected. We've had some great rallies along the way, and run TV, radio, newspaper and online ads advocating for Romney/Ryan and against Obama/Biden like this one below in Pittsburgh:
But something dramatic happened about one-week ago.
Our top strategic advisers had been monitoring the polls in key battleground states several times a day, each and every day. And following our efforts in the Midwest and Mitt Romney's stellar debate performance, polls showed that the Romney/Ryan campaign had surged in five critical battleground states:
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Here was the Karl Rove & Company map at that time showing that all five of these states had become "Light Blue" states, and were no longer "sure bets" for Obama:
These states accounted for 70 Electoral Votes.
But most importantly, the Obama campaign had assumed that four of them were "safe" Obama states, and that the fifth - Ohio - was moving in their direction. But, now, things were completely different.
Our chief advisers gathered our team and gave us the update. The bottom line: if we were to focus on these 5 key battleground states, and if we were to win just 3 of them, then it was virtually impossible for Barack Obama to win re-election.
And so our team worked aggressively to refocus our efforts. Instead of spreading ourselves thin in a big national tour and ad campaign, we were going to focus on 5 states that will likely determine who will be the next president of the United States.
Yesterday, we received additional news that showed we were making the right decision. RealClearPolitics updated their state-by-state Electoral Map, and now those 5 key states we were targeting had gone from Solid Blue (for Obama), to Light Blue (when we made our decision to alter our national tour) and now all five states were reclassified as pure "Toss Up" states:
So now we have turned our buses around and are heading back to Michigan - and its 16 Electoral Votes for another 17 rallies in this key state.
We'll then cross Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio and end in Pennsylvania with a Grand Finale rally in Altoona, PA.
We need your support to make this strategic effort a sure-fire success. We must deny Barack Obama these 70 Electoral Votes he had been counting on - and with your help we will deny Obama these Electoral Votes.