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SOTU Sneak Peek
June 13th, 2012
04:50 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories we are looking at this week.

The ad wars move to stage two. Following two $25 million ad buys last month from President Obama’s campaign and the top SuperPAC backing Mitt Romney, a spate of new ad buys signals the next round of spending is underway.

The Obama campaign announced a $14 million ad buy today that should blanket at least nine swing states in ads for the next three weeks. The Romney campaign is spending a small chunk of its massive $77 million May fundraising haul on $3.24 million worth of ads set to run for the next seven days in seven battleground states. American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS will spend $4.6 million – on top of the $5.7 million they announced last week – to run ads across six key states for the next week. And on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue, the National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved more than $18 million in autumn air time to run ads in districts from Boston to Denver to Sacramento.

All eyes on the Supreme Court. The high court is readying a number of landmark rulings on everything from immigration to the health care reform law that has in some ways become the symbol of President Obama’s first term. If the law is deemed unconstitutional, it could deal a huge blow to the President’s hopes for re-election. Whether or not it’s struck down or upheld, the court’s opinion will surely bring the issue back into focus.

O-hi-o. President Obama and Mitt Romney will both be in the Buckeye State tomorrow. It will be President Obama’s 22nd trip to the state since officially launching his re-election bid last April. And on Sunday, Romney will be back in the state to campaign with Sen. Rob Portman and House Speaker John Boehner. The importance of the state isn’t lost on either campaign. Obama turned the state blue in 2008 only to have his gains reversed, and then some, in 2010. It’s hard for Romney to chart a viable path to 270 electoral votes without the 18 from Ohio.

Much more to come, make sure to check back on Friday for our full guest rundown and don’t forget to watch the program on Sunday Sunday at 9 a.m. & noon ET.

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