Swing State Facts: Romney Readies for 4-Day Tour to Promote Middle Class Policies in Vital States
Ahead of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's tour through four of the nation's notable swing states, we took a look at some important facts to keep in mind when it comes to the states' role in the upcoming election.
Romney's first stop will be in the state of Virginia, which has 13 electoral votes at stake out of a total of 270. It's unemployment rate is 5.7 percent, which is well below the 8.3 percent national average.
North Carolina will be up next, where the unemployment rate hovers at a whopping 9.4 percent; 15 total electoral votes are up for grabs.
Then, on to Florida - a state with a massive 29 electoral votes to be won, and a high unemployment rate of 8.9 percent.
Last on the bus tour is Ohio -- with a 7.2 percent unemployment rate and 18 electoral votes at stake.