Obama trying to win battleground Nevada again

CREATED Nov 6, 2012

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RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada enters Election Day in a familiar position: a high-stakes battleground state and national bellwether for the presidential race.

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney have poured tens of millions of dollars into Nevada to blanket the airwaves with ads in pursuit of the state's coveted six electoral votes that could possibly settle the presidency.

Nevada also has a Senate race that could determine the balance of power in Washington. Freshman incumbent Republican Dean Heller faces a stiff challenge from veteran Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley.

Obama won by a surprising 12 percentage points in 2008, but has had a harder time shaking Romney in the swing state hit hard by the economy.

The only winner Nevada has failed to side with since 1912 was Jimmy Carter in 1976.