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Obama back to Iowa, Ohio today; Romney in Virginia

President Barack Obama is campaigning today in the rural Iowa and in Ohio, key swing states, while Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney travels to Virginia, another swing state, according to the C-SPAN website.

Obama will hold a campaign event at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and then travel to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, for an event on campus in the evening, C-SPAN said.

Last week the Des Moines Register noted that this trip will be Obama’s ninth to Iowa this year and that he will be appearing in “Linn County, a Democratic-leaning nook that’s home to a cache of swing voters.” Mount Vernon, a town about 4,600 residents, is near Cedar Rapids.

The Register noted that Romney has not held a campaign event in the area.
Romney will campaign in Chesapeake and Leesburg, Va.

A poll released Tuesday by the Center for Rural Strategies found Romney far ahead in the rural areas of the swing states including Iowa and Ohio, but both Anna Greenburg, the Democratic pollster, and Dan Judy, the Republican pollster, who were involved in the poll, described the electorate as "volatile."

Most analysts said Obama won the second presidential debate, which was held Tuesday evening.