Included in Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina's short video Monday to supporters, a plea to not panic despite tightening polls and worsening economic reports, was a quick glimpse (as The Hill's Christian Heinze captured in a screen grab) at how the White House sizes up the electoral map. It didn't deviate much from the map most pundits assemble, and, of course, whether this deliberately publicized map actually represents the Obama campaign's thinking is uncertain.
But it nonetheless was an interesting data point as analysts try to assess which states will be presidential battlegrounds in the fall. Here are three reasons why:
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