The road to the White House runs right through Iowa. While President Obama won Iowa in 2008, it’s anyone’s guess who will take it in 2012.
Brad Anderson, Obama Campaign State Director says, “Iowa’s a critical battleground state this election. Both campaigns realize that their electoral math really is tricky without winning Iowa.”
Tom Szold of the Republican National Committee of Iowa tells us that, “There’s good reason to believe that Iowa and its six electoral votes could actually be the difference maker come November. And I think you see the campaigns on both sides reacting to that.”
Presidental candidates need 270 electoral votes to win the White House. Iowa carries six votes. Experts agree that in such a close election those six electoral votes could decide the race.
Professor Arthur Sanders of Drake University says, “It’s very easy to construct scenarios where Iowa is the deciding state. And it’s easy to construct those scenarios on both sides.”
That means we can expect to see a lot of campaigning from both sides between now and November. According to NBC News, both sides have already spent more than a half a billion dollars on ads and experts say campaign spending could reach 2.9 billion dollars by the end of the year.