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Obama's 2008 magic past, Iowa all-out battleground
Magic of 2008 campaign past, Obama gets tough in swing-state Iowa to blunt Romney challenge
By The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ' The Iowa magic that launched Barack Obama to the presidency four years ago has all but faded.

Obama's visit on Thursday to blue-collar Newton, Iowa, underscores his vulnerability with working-class voters, and the role that Iowa's six electoral votes could play in what is expected to be a close election.

Iowa has drifted away from Obama since his 2008 win here. Polls have shown voters narrowly preferring Republican Mitt Romney, who also plans to wage an all-out Iowa campaign.



Obama has already spent more than $2.6 million on Iowa advertising, a pace as aggressive as in any other battleground. He's making his second trip in a month.


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