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All right now Richard what is.
Maybe showing a tight race but it's victories in the individual states.
Not the popular vote to pave the road to the White House as you know governor Mitt Romney.
Offer him winning good good under could come down to a strategy known as three to one.
James Rosen chief Washington correspondent has look at that right now what is that James good morning to you.
Bill and -- good morning to you as the two campaigns map out their political tactics and map out their messaging strategy and so forth there is one map that matters above all others.
It is the electoral map and GOP strategists using this map.
Have calculated -- route to victory for Mitt Romney that is informally known.
As 321 its first imperative that the presumptive GOP nominee must retain in the red column in November.
Every state that John McCain won four years ago then.
It's off to the races the game plan calls for governor Romney to take back three traditionally Republican states the Barack Obama overcame long standing voting patterns to capture.
These aren't you can see Indiana North Carolina and Virginia if the Republicans reclaim these red states.
It adds up to 39 electoral votes or a shift of 78 in the Electoral College if Romney manages that.
Then it's a quest to win -- traditional battleground states Ohio and Florida that was you can see from the color coding here both of these states voted to reelect George W.
Bush in 2004.
Then turned blue for Barack Obama.
Redistricting after the 2010 census cost Ohio two electoral -- but Florida picked up to so combined.
These two states still account as you can see for 47 electoral votes if Romney prevails in Florida and Ohio and takes back those three red states we mentioned earlier.
Then he just has to poach from the Obama Biden column.
One of these eight states half of which as you can see who voted for the bush Cheney ticket in 04 before turning blue and await.
It's the only credible plan I've seen it says -- -- in half in maps out how Romney wins.
The problem right now is Obama only has to disrupt one of those things like Virginia in the group of states Indiana.
North Carolina and Virginia there's no one state -- that is indispensable if in Virginia I do think is going to be a battleground right down to the end but Joe's right.
If you if Romney -- -- -- Virginia if he wins Iowa and Wisconsin both of which are risk today new poll show the race and at Wisconsin dead even.
So forget all the polling data and the ad -- figures the only number that really matters here.
Is winning 270 votes in the Electoral College bill goes nicely done thank you James James -- -- Washington.
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