June 16, 2008
Barack Obama's campaign envisions a path to the presidency that could include Virginia, Georgia and several Rocky Mountain states.
However, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe says Obama's electoral map doesn't necessarily include Florida and Ohio -- battlegrounds that decided the last two elections.
Plouffe says the campaign doesn't want to rely on one state, so a win in Virginia or Georgia could give Obama a shot if he loses Ohio or Florida.
Virginia and Georgia have fewer electoral votes than Florida and Ohio. Florida has 27 electoral votes and Ohio has 20, while Virginia has 13
votes, and Georgia has 15.
Obama's campaign has spent heavily on time and money in Virginia, where a Democratic presidential candidate hasn't won since 1964. Obama also took the state over Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Virginia Democratic primary held in February
Plouffe told supporters last week that the key in Virginia will be to register new black voters and new young voters.