(WASHINGTON) — In a new video message to supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina directly addresses concerns over recent polls that show a tightening of the race and offers his outlook on the electoral map.
“Over the past few weeks I’ve had people asking me about all the polls I’ve seen. I say the same thing to all of them: We knew this was going to be a tough race. And once Mitt Romney locked up the nomination, Republicans would get behind him and this race would be tight, just like we always knew it would be,” he says to the camera.
“You know what really matters in a really close election? The unprecedented grassroots organizing we’re doing every day in states across the country. We’re following the strategy we’ve had since Day One, and we can’t afford to lose focus on that,” Messina says.
Turning to the electoral map, Messina most notably sees Wisconsin as a “toss-up” for the general election. He also lists Arizona as a “lean Republican” instead of solid red.
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