#148 Oct. 17-Obama and Romney Hit Swing States After Bruising Debate;President Barack Obama answers a question during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University on Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y. (Rick Wilking/AP Photo)
#6 Obama chides China, hopes to use as campaign wedge President Barack Obama greets people after speaking at a campaign event at Eden Parks Seasongood Pavilion, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo
THE GOP'S OHIO ADVANTAGE - With eighteen days till Election Day, the momentum is firmly on the Republican side in Ohio. Obama has offered no positive vision for the next four years, and after voters heard from the two candidates during the debates, the GOP has surged in Ohio. For weeks our unprecedented ground game has been setting records in voter contacts, and now it is paying off. The proof is in absentee ballot and early voting totals.
#5 THE RACE: Obama now holds slight lead over Romney President Barack Obama salutes as he boards Air Force One, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Ohio. At left is Col. Michael Minihan. Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo