They shrug at President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. They’re in no hurry to decide which one to support in the White House race. And they will have a big say in determining who wins the White House.
One-quarter of US voters are persuadable, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, and both Obama and Romney will spend the next four months trying to convince these fickle, hard-to-reach individuals that only he has what it takes to fix an ailing nation.
Until November, Obama and Romney will spend huge amounts of time and money trying to win their votes, especially in the most competitive states that tend to swing between Republicans and Democrats each presidential election.
Overall, the June 14-18 poll found that among registered voters, 47 percent say they will vote for the president and 44 percent for Romney, a difference that is not statistically significant.
Obama and Romney face the same hurdle: winning over wavering voters without alienating core supporters they need to canvass neighborhoods and staff telephone banks this fall to help make sure their backers actually vote.
‘‘It presents an interesting challenge to the campaigns,’’ said Steve McMahon, a founding partner in Purple Strategies, a bipartisan crisis management firm. ‘‘Moving to the middle means winning these voters, but it also means creating problems with your base.’’ — ASSOCIATED PRESS
Romney spends weekend with top fund-raisers in Utah
Mitt Romney spent time this weekend with his top fund-raisers, rewarding some 500 donors and bundlers who are doing the most to help him close the gap between his campaign and President Obama’s.
The retreat, which was open to those who have given $50,000 or are raising at least $250,000, was held in Park City, Utah, in the shadows of the mountains that were home to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Romney frequently alludes to his work running the Olympics as an example of his management prowess.
Romney’s political team flew in for the event and spent personal time with the business executives, lobbyists, and politicians who are close to Romney.
The event, which The New York Times reported was dubbed by some as Republicanpalooza, featured some of the top names in politics, including operative Karl Rove, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and the 2008 Republican nominee, Senator John McCain.
Also on hand were a number of potential vice presidential nominees, including Representative Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin; Senator Rob Portman, of Ohio; and the former Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty.
The fund-raisers were treated to strategy briefings from campaign officials and lectures on policy proposals from top Republicans.
The weekend concluded with a round of golf Sunday at an 18-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
The former Massachusetts governor has always had a well-oiled fund-raising machine, but in the weeks since clinching the Republican nomination, he has been closing the gap with Obama’s vaunted fund-raising operation.
Unlike Obama, Romney has not disclosed his bundlers, other than the registered lobbyists that he is forced to disclose under federal law. — MATT VISER