11/06/2012 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Obama Election 2012: The Path To 270 Electoral Votes

President Barack Obama's Election 2012 hopes ride on holding serve in several key states.

As of Monday, polls had Obama on pace to reach the 270 electoral-vote mark. In 2008, his run to the White House was boosted by picking up nine states that went Republican in 2004: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

Over the final days of the 2012 campaign, HuffPost Pollster trends showed that only one of those states -- New Mexico -- looked to be strongly in Obama's hands. Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia were tossup territories, while Iowa, Nevada and Ohio only leaned blue.

Obama's Indiana hopes also appeared to be in jeopardy, with a combination of polls showing a big edge for Romney. Of the 22 states that 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain carried, all of those areas appeared to be strong for Romney.

(Click here for HuffPost's full interactive map and the latest polls.)

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