That’s the number of electoral votes in the six states on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign bus tour, which takes him to Wisconsin (10 electoral votes) and Iowa (6) today.
Romney will conclude the tour tomorrow in Michigan (16), his birth state. He visited New Hampshire (4) on Friday, Pennsylvania (20) on Saturday and Ohio (18) yesterday.
President Barack Obama won all six states in the 2008 election with margins ranging from 4.6 percentage points in Ohio to 16.5 percentage points in Michigan. Four of the six states voted Democratic in the 2004 presidential election, with Iowa and Ohio opting to re-elect Republican President George W. Bush. All but New Hampshire and Ohio voted Democratic in 2000.
Romney needs to wrest some of these 74 electoral votes from Obama to win the presidency. Obama won 365 electoral votes in the 2008 election, adjusted to 359 to reflect a reallocation of electoral votes after the 2010 census. That’s 89 electoral votes more than the 270 needed to win.
Romney campaigned in Ohio yesterday with House Speaker John Boehner, who represents southwestern Ohio, and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who may merit consideration as a vice-presidential running mate for Romney. Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev has the story.
Romney also taped an interview for the CBS “Face the Nation” program in which he said that the Federal Reserve’s attempts at stimulating the economy “did not have the desired effect.” Talev and Roxana Tiron have more on that.
Obama traveled to Mexico late yesterday for the G-20 summit, at which world leaders will discuss Europe’s debt crisis.