This photo combo shows President Barack Obama in Chapel Hill, N.C. on April 24, 2012, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on April 18, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. Obama and his likely GOP opponent, Romney, agree on an issue of importance to college students: Keeping the interest rate low on a popular federally subsidized student loan issued to low-and middle-income students. (AP Photo)
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada is up for grabs in President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney's general election battle.
Obama and Romney are competing against more than just each other
in this western swing state. Obama is also fighting against Nevada's dismal economy, while Romney must contend with state's better organized and better funded Democratic machine.
The shadow of the economic recession hangs over Nevada as voters
weigh their options five months from Election Day.
The state's 11.7 percent unemployment rate is the highest in the nation. And its once booming housing market has become a foreclosure wasteland. One in every 300 homes in the state received
a foreclosure filing in April, according to the foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac.