Swing State Economics

June 10, 2012 - 8:26 AM
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address at Wells Academy/Steubenville High School in Steubenville, Ohio. The nation's unemployment rate of 8.2 percent may sink President Barack Obama's re-election bid, but one detail brightens his hopes. About 10 battleground states will decide the election, and seven of them have employment levels that beat the U.S. average. In Ohio, the quintessential toss-up state and practically a must-win for Mitt Romney, Republican Gov. Kasich tries to finesse the political dilemma by saying jobs have increased despite Obama's policies.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)