With 1 debate left, Obama, Romney return to battleground states

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Romney and Obama 2nd debate

Mitt Romney, Republican US presidential nominee, and Barack Obama, US President (l-r) during second presidential debate, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. (AP photo)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) – In the aftermath of last night’s combative debate in suburban New York, President Barack Obama campaigns today in Iowa, while Mitt Romney will be in Virginia. The second debate between the two was filled with charges and countercharges that the other guy wasn’t telling the truth.

With less than three weeks until the election, Obama appears to be assured of 237 of the 270 electoral votes needed, and Romney is confident of 191. That leaves 110 electoral votes up for grabs in nine battleground states.

Both campaign teams are calling last night’s presidential debate a win for their candidate.

Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan issued a fundraising appeal issued not long after the debate ended, declaring “Mitt crushed it again at tonight’s debate.”

Obama’s team also claimed victory for the re-energized incumbent, though adviser David Plouffe allowed that the race remains tight as ever.

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