Bloomberg by the Numbers: 443,000

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Voting in the New Hampshire primary.

That’s the increase in registered independent voters since the 2008 election in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina, according to a Bloomberg review of voter registration data in those six swing states, which have a total of 69 electoral votes.

Independents will help decide the election between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, joining the ‘base’ voters that both candidates are rallying to the polls.

Bloomberg’s John McCormick has an analysis of independent voters, whose ranks rose in those six states as Democratic registration shrank and Republican registration slightly increased.

Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing Republicans to accept a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 per year, Heidi Przybyla writes.

In campaign finance news, billionaire casino executive Sheldon Adelson donated $1 million to a super-political action committee that’s working to elect Florida Republican Representative Connie Mack IV to the Senate seat of Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. The PAC’s goal is to “raise as much money as possible and put as much money on TV,” its senior adviser told me in an interview today.

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