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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama leaves a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington. Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that he no longer needs Congress to promote his agenda, and could even benefit in his re-election campaign if lawmakers take little action in 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama leaves a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington. Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that he no longer needs Congress to promote his agenda, and could even benefit in his re-election campaign if lawmakers take little action in 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama plans to travel to five states critical to his re-election campaign following next week’s State of the Union address.

The president will discuss proposals from Tuesday’s address in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Phoenix on Wednesday, and in Las Vegas and Denver on Thursday. On Friday, Obama will make remarks in Detroit.

The five states are expected to be heavily contested by both Obama and his Republican challenger this year.

Obama won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, sending him on a path to the White House. Colorado, Nevada and Arizona are three Western states the president’s campaign covets while Michigan is expected to get ample attention from Republicans after the economic recession hurt the state’s manufacturing base.