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Presidential Campaigns Vie For Specific Voting Blocs

The New York Times reports that young adults  are up for grabs in several key states. Meanwhile, both candidates are courting Hispanics. The Washington Post reports that President Barack Obama is hoping women voters give him the edge in Virginia.

The New York Times: Struggling Young Adults Pose Challenge For Campaigns
Millions of struggling working-class young adults, many in battleground states like Florida, Colorado and Wisconsin, are up for grabs in this election, making up what experts call one of the most potentially powerful but often overlooked voting blocs (Saulny, 9/19).

The Washington Post: To Claim Virginia, Obama's Hopes Rest On Women
This year, however, ginning up female support has become an imperative for Obama in his reelection bid. Across the electoral map, the Obama campaign is banking on women to offset an expected loss to Romney among men. In few places, if any, does that effort appear to be succeeding as well as it is in the Old Dominion. That is in part a reaction to heavy-handed Republican moves on reproductive issues, but it also reflects an apparent affinity that women feel with Obama on economic concerns (Tumulty and Clement, 9/19).

Politico: Emily's List Super PAC Raises $2 Million
Schriock said the quality of women candidates this year combined with the Republican agenda to defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortion in all cases has the group’s energies up this year (Parti, 9/19).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Hispanics The Focus Thursday As Obama Pushes To Keep Romney On Defensive
Battling the perception that he's not working hard enough, Romney on Thursday announced plans to launch a three-day bus tour across Ohio next week. His campaign also released a new ad featuring Florida Sen. Marco Rubio … promoting Romney's plans to overhaul Medicare. The candidates' personal attention to Hispanic voters, backed by millions of dollars in targeted advertising, is designed to influence a group likely to play a critical role this fall — and for years to come (9/20).

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