The battle playing out in Virginia has echoes across the battleground states, where the final days of the presidential campaign have become a test of geographical strategies and an all-important focus on motivation, intensity and turnout. Republicans are pushing hard in suburban Denver and central Florida to appeal to Hispanic small business owners. Mr. Obama’s campaign is probing for white male voters around Toledo, where there are major auto plants that benefited from the auto bailout.
Speaking of geography, another NYT story this week-end focuses on the respective campaign's strategies, which often focus on the county level of the swing states.
And Shear quotes Dave Saunders, "a veteran Democratic strategist who lives in that region":
Three things are sacred in Southwest Virginia--the Holy Bible, moonshine and coal. That's all I got to say. [The Romney-Ryan ticket] will get big numbers in the Ninth. No question at all.