Obama’s advisers have mapped out several scenarios to win the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency and the choice of states for his first rallies was not coincidental.
Ohio, with its 18 electoral votes, is a particularly coveted prize. No Republican has made it to the White House in the past century without winning the state. Obama bested Republican Senator John McCain there in 2008.
Virginia, with 13 electoral votes, also went to Obama in the last election — the first time a Democrat won there since former US president Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Polls show Obama is leading Romney in Virginia and Ohio. Both states have unemployment rates below the national average, which dipped to 8.1 percent last month.