By Bert Eljera
LAS VEGAS – Two days after what was generally considered a victory in their third and final debate, President Obama is visiting battleground Nevada, where polls say the race with Republican Mitt Romney is still too close to call.
Obama rallies his supporters at Doolittle Park on Doolittle Avenue, near Martin Luther King and West Lake Mead in central Las Vegas at around 9:35 p.m. Wednesday.
The park opens at 6 p.m., but while attendance is free, tickets will be available in several outlets before the event.
On hand with Obama to provide entertainment is country singer Katy Perry.
The visit to Las Vegas will be the third stop of Obama’s six-stop, two-day campaign blitz to six battleground states.
The president, who debated with Romney in southern Florida Monday, begins his “around-the-clock” blitz early Wednesday in Davenport, Iowa. He will then travel to Denver for another rally.
After Las Vegas, he then fly to Tampa, Fla., for another event and then hold a rally Thursday morning on the tarmac in Richmond, Va.
Campaign officials said the president will “spend time on Air Force One calling undecided voters, rallying national team leaders and volunteers and continuously engaging with Americans across the country about the choice in this election.”
After the event in Richmond, Obama will travel to Chicago to cast his ballot, and make history by being the first sitting president to vote early in person.
Obama will end his two-day tour with an evening event in Cleveland.
Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, spoke Tuesday in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson.
The presidential candidates’ visit came in the middle of the 10-day early voting schedule in Nevada, where recent polls show President Obama holding a slim 49 percent to 47 percent advantage.
American Research Group released the survey result Tuesday that also showed Romney gaining ground among men, 49 percent to the president’s 48 percent. Obama was ahead of Romney among the group in American Research Group’s September survey – 49 to 46 percent.
As reported by CNN and other news outlets, the poll also indicated that Romney has the edge among likely voters over the age of 50 in Nevada, 48 percent to Obama’s 47 percent, compared to last month’s poll where Obama led among the group, 51 percent to Romney’s 42 percent.
Among those saying they have voted early or by absentee ballot, Obama does hold a decisive lead of 57 percent compared to Romney at 43 percent.
Early voting ends in Nevada on November 2, and the intense campaigning of the candidates and their surrogates are still expected to make a difference, following what most considered an Obama win in their last debate.
According to CNN, 48 percent of registered voters who watched Monday night’s third presidential debate say that Obama won the showdown, with 40 percent saying Romney did the better job in a debate dedicated to foreign policy.
The president’s eight-point advantage over the former Massachusetts governor came among a debate audience that was slightly more Republican than the country as a whole and is just within the survey’s sampling error.
Nearly six in ten watchers say that Obama did a better job in the debate than they had expected, 15 points higher than the 44 percent, who said that the GOP challenger had a better than expected debate performance.
It is unclear though how the debate results would affect the actual votes, and it would now be a ground battle to get supporters into the voting booths.
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