Battlegrounds

These states were President Barack Obama’s narrowest wins in 2008. If all five go Republican in 2012, he would lose 86 electoral votes, about a third of the total needed for reelection.
State 2008 victory margin 2008 electoral votes History*

N. Carolina Indiana Florida Ohio Virginia

0.3 % 1.0 2.8 4.6 6.3

15 11 29 18 13

2 1 3 4 1

*Times state has voted Democratic in previous 10 presidential elections © 2011 MCT Source: uselectionatlas.org, Los Angeles Times reporting Graphic: Tom Reinken, Khang Nguyen, Los Angeles Times