RENO, NV - President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are scheduled to speak to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Reno Sparks Convention Center later this month.
They will be addressing the 12,000 to 15,000 delegates to the gathering, but they will also be here in pursuit of Nevada's six electoral votes.
With an evenly divided electorate, Nevada has emerged in recent cycles as a key swing state.
More to the point with Clark County historically Democratic and the rurals reliably Republican, Washoe is seen by both campaigns as the key to the entire state.
In 2008, the president carried both Washoe County and the state will 55 percent of the vote.
This year it's not much of an exaggeration to say we could be one of a handful of counties across the country who could decide who sits in the White House next January and which party controls at least one branch of Congress.
So, we've been getting attention and we will get more.
Romney was last here in February just ahead of the Nevada Republican Caucus which he won.
In May the president used a visit to a north Reno neighborhood to press Congress for more aid to strapped homeowners.
This time though, they will be speaking to the same group and on successive days. The president will appear Monday July 23. Romney will speak the next day.
Neither appearance is open to the general public, but local voters will know they are here. If you miss them this time, don't worry. They will be back..
The President will appear Monday July 23. Romney is scheduled to speak the following day.
Neither appearance is open to the public, but local voters will know they are in town and they will be watching. If you miss them this time, don't worry. They will be back.