7/28/04 10:00 AM EST
Dem Strategists See Four States As Main Battleground
Democratic strategists tell the US News Bulletin that Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will be the real battlegrounds this fall, no matter how the polls look today. All four states are considered very volatile and deeply split between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Their main concerns tend to fluctuate among three areas: the economy, security, and values. Kerry scores much higher than Bush among voters who care most about the economy about half the electorate, according to Democratic insiders.Bush is more popular than Kerry among the one-quarter of voters who are most worried about security and with the other quarter of voters who are most concerned about values. It's impossible to say right now where these three issue paths will lead in the four crucial states.