WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's plan for victory boils down to this: Convince independent voters he'll change Washington, stoke Republican enthusiasm and avoid unforced errors.
The Republican nominee's path to reaching the necessary 270 electoral votes cuts straight through Rust Belt states. He must stop President Barack Obama from sweeping Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin — or win Democratic-tilting Pennsylvania, where he's making a last-ditch effort while prevailing in most other competitive states.
"President Obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. I promise change, and I have a record of achieving it," the former Massachusetts governor told the cheering crowd of thousands Friday, making his closing argument — that he can do what he argues Obama didn't: change the tone in hyperpartisan Washington.
In the final days, Romney is employing a three-pronged approach designed to take advantage of anti-Obama sentiment coursing through the GOP and a general national malaise about where the country is heading at a time of economic sluggishness.
The goal: boost turn out Tuesday in a race that polls show is tight both nationally and in the nine states considered the most competitive. Romney's team is publicly confident.
"We believe Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States. We feel we are in a very, very good place," Romney strategist Russ Schriefer said, arguing that momentum is on his candidate's side.
It's become clear that Romney is trying to build a winning path with or without Ohio's electoral votes. Obama has had a slight but persistent edge in most polls in a state no Republican president has lost.
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