pjbogart wrote:North Carolina and Virginia both have a lot of coastal military bases. The military voters in these two States are very important. Though I'm not sure that Colin Powell's endorsement means anything to Wisconsin voters, it could have an impact on Virginia's. Obama is already considered slightly ahead in Virginia. A small swing of even a single percent, especially when talking about extremely reliable voters like active duty military and veterans could prove devastating to Romney.
Military personnel are donating much more heavily to Obama's campaign than to Romney's. From Open Secrets
:Update: Armed Forces Show Overwhelming Support for Obama
Update, Oct. 21: Fundraising numbers for the month of September show Obama continuing to dominate when it comes to contributions from the military. [...] The new numbers bring Obama's total from military donors to $678,611, and Romney's to $398,450.
The site provides total donations to each candidate from people serving in the various branches of the military. Obama's campaign is well ahead in the four largest categories (Army, Navy, Air Force, and generic "Department of Defense").
The two are virtually tied in donations from the Marines. Romney is well ahead in at least one category (donations from people at the "Defense Acquisition University", whatever that is).
Kurt forgot to include this part
"Obama’s advantage probably comes in part because some of the personnel are political appointees of his administration, said Peter Feaver, a political science professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who has studied military personnel and their impact on elections.
“One party owns the executive branch right now, so the impact could be potentially quite large,” he said. Obama may also be winning a broader battle for support in an election that has seen both candidates “assiduously” court the military, he said.
“It appears that he does have a small but energetic supporter base in the military,” Feaver said.