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Axelrod vows to shave moustache if Obama loses specific states

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said Wednesday he’s so confident that the president will defeat Mitt Romney in Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania next week that he’ll shave his moustache of 40 years if Obama doesn’t win.

“I have put my moustache on the line,” Axelrod said on a conference call with reporters.

Axelrod said Republicans are “simply not going to win” there despite the Romney campaign and other Republican-affiliated super PACs devoting last minute resources to those Obama-leaning states.

Axelrod first made the wager Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

In a Tuesday memo about Pennsylvania, Romney for President Political Director Rich Beeson wrote in a memo that, “this expansion of the electoral map demonstrates that Governor Romney’s momentum has jumped containment from the usual target states and has spread to deeper blue states that Chicago never anticipated defending.”

But Axelrod call took issue with the notion being pushed by the Romney campaign that they’re riding a wave of momentum.

“This professed momentum of the Romney campaign is really faux-mentum,” he said. “We are in a very strong position to win this election.”

The Real Clear Politics polling average shows Obama up by 2.3 percent in Wisconsin, 4.6 percent in Pennsylvania and 3 percent in Michigan.

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