Article Photos: Obama's wins in the Midwest are hardly a harbinger 1/1

  FILE - In this April 27, 2012 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich participate in a roundtable discussion in Westerville, Ohio. No matter how long the nation’s unemployment rate hovered around 8 percent, the Northeast and the West Coast were never in doubt for President Barack Obama. No matter how far it might have fallen before Election Day, Mitt Romney was always sure to win the South and rural Great Plains. Nothing was so certain in the Midwest. Tuesday’s results reaffirmed the future of the Midwest as a political battleground where voters willing to look past party will decide the outcome of elections. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)