CANONSBURG, Pa. — The presidential candidates and their running mates fanned out across the Midwest with Labor Day promises of job creation, appealing for votes in the territory pivotal to winning November’s election.
President Bush (search) and Vice President Dick Cheney were heading to three states between them Monday; Democratic candidate John Kerry (search) and running mate John Edwards were venturing to six. Cheney and Edwards set campaign courses that cross paths in St. Paul, Minn.
Polls in half the eight states on the candidates’ Labor Day agenda — Minnesota, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Ohio — show them running neck-and-neck. Those four states offer 58 electoral votes, more than 20 percent of the total needed to win.
Kerry chose to spend his Labor Day in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, hoping to sway traditionally Democratic West Virginia away from its tilt toward Bush. He joins mine workers in a Labor Day celebration.