"Looked at through the political prism, red states — those likely to vote for Mitt Romney this November — gained jobs, on average, under Obama. Blue states, in contrast, had an average job loss rate of almost 1%. And since the recovery started, red states have had a job growth rate of nearly twice that of blue states. Tossup states, meanwhile, have performed worse than either red or blue states. In fact, 9 of the 11 battleground states have fewer people employed now than when Obama was sworn in."
John Merline, Investor's Business Daily
May 18, 2012