Ohio & Michigan Seen as the Two Main
Tipping Point States in the Fall Election
'The figures on the map show the percentage of the times in 10,000 simulated elections that a certain state was the Tipping-Point State. The conclusion: Michigan and Ohio are most likely to tip the election. Which makes sense: They are very middle-of-the-road states, not just politically but also demographically. If Barack Obama is to pull of winning Indiana or Missouri, say, he will probably have had to win Ohio and Michigan first--or likewise for John McCain in Pennsylvania.'
--from an article in The New Republic about an election simulator that keeps pointing to the two Midwestern football rivals as the decisive battleground states in the upcoming presidential election. Earlier, we brought you this electoral map of the potential battleground states and this roundup of stories looking at Ohio's place in the race.