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Politics

Political Notebook

106 counties could be key to presidency

LEESBURG, Va. — The outcome of the presidential race probably will depend on what occurs in the 106 counties that Republican George W. Bush won in 2004 and that President Obama won in 2008, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Those counties are full of fickle voters inclined to swing between Republican and Democratic candidates every four years. All are targeted as the president and his Republican challenger look for enough victories in enough states to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the White House.

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