Candidates fan out after combative debate

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Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 12:02 PM

UNDATED (AP) — On the day after the contentious debate between the presidential candidates, President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and their running mates are heading back out to states where the election is up for grabs.

Romney is heading to Virginia while his running mate Paul Ryan campaigns in Ohio. Those are two states that Obama won four years ago where the GOP ticket has been making its most aggressive run.

Obama is headed to Iowa and Vice President Joe Biden to Colorado and Nevada.

Obama appears to have 237 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory comfortably in hand, and Romney is confident of 191. That leaves 110 electoral votes at stake in nine battleground states: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire.

With just 20 days left until the election, polls show an extremely tight race nationally.

163-w-31-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with Professor Danny Hayes, George Washington University)--Last night's town hall-style debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney was great theater -- but may not have moved the needle much in the election contest. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (17 Oct 2012)

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031-c-19-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"on foreign policy"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports Obama and Romney are back in barnstorming mode -- at least for a little while. (17 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYCD101: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks with comedian Dennis Miller, left, and senior adviser Barbara Comstock, before boarding his campaign plane in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, after Tuesday's presidential debate with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (17 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO DCEV102: President Barack Obama walks out of the Oval Office in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, to the South Lawn, to board Marine One for a day of campaign events in Iowa and Ohio. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) (17 Oct 2012)

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