President Obama’s 2010 travel schedule suggests he’s looking beyond the midterms to his own reelection bid.
Obama has traveled frequently to Ohio and Florida, states where Democratic Senate candidates are trailing by double digits, but states strategists list as crucial in the 2012 presidential race.
Democratic operatives note that because the presidential map is expected to trend back to the red-blue divide of past elections, the traditional battlegrounds of Ohio and Florida will reclaim their kingmaker status.
Since taking office, Obama has traveled nine times to Ohio and five times to Florida.
A White House spokesman declined to comment on whether Obama is looking ahead to his 2012 reelection.