President Barack Obama faces new warnings in a once-promising Southern state and typically Democratic Midwestern states roughly five months before the election, even amid encouraging economic news.
The Democrat's new worries about North Carolina and Wisconsin are potential opportunities for Republican Mitt Romney, who must peel off states Obama won in 2008 to capture the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
If the election were today, Obama would likely pick up 247 electoral votes to Romney's 206, according to an Associated Press analysis of polls, ad spending and developments in states, along with interviews with Republican and Democratic strategists.
Seven states that offer a combined 85 electoral votes are viewed as too close to give either a meaningful advantage. They are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.