Georgia no battleground, but still in play

ATLANTA - Georgia started the 2012 election season on the list of potential presidential battlegrounds. It's finishing as an afterthought as President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spend the closing days in a handful of other states that will settle the election.

Polling suggests Romney will carry Georgia comfortably on Nov. 6, likely by a wider margin than John McCain's five-point win four years ago.

But Georgians have found other ways to matter, with their checkbooks and by volunteering to help the campaigns in other states that will go down to the wire. Players for both campaigns say they are pleased with Georgia's place on the electoral map.

"There is a lot more enthusiasm for Governor Romney than there was for Senator McCain," said Romney's Georgia Finance Chairman Eric Tanenblatt, who also serves on Romney's national fundraising team.