09/17/2012 10:58 am ET

Why Unions Could Cost Obama The Campaign

While a teachers union in Chicago has dominated headlines nationwide because of a strike affecting 400,000 students, the union influence in another story with national implications went largely overlooked. This week, Michigan, which had been touted as a swing state this election cycle because of the discontentment of white working-class voters, lost its battleground status and was declared a state President Obama is likely to carry in 2012. A new poll conducted for the Detroit Free Press gives the president a commanding 10-point lead.

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