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Ohio: The Center Of The Political Universe

30 Oct 2012

Ohio: The Center Of The Political Universe

A new Time magazine poll shows President Obama up 5 points over Mitt Romney in Ohio, 49% – 44%.  In a CBS/Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week, Obama led Romney 50% – 45%. No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio and, not surprisingly, it’s feeling the love from both tickets. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were in Ohio earlier in the week; GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and Romney made stops as well, and Ryan is back for a two-day, seven-stop bus tour this weekend. AGAIN, it’s important to note how incredibly closely divided the vote in Ohio has been over the past few elections. In 2004, George W. Bush won the state by 118,601 votes out of more than 5.6 million cast. In 2008, despite routing John McCain nationally, Obama carried the state by just 262,224 votes out of more than 5.6 million cast. In the four presidential elections prior to 2008, the Democratic candidates got 9,060,521 total votes as compared to 8,965,170 for the Republican candidates, according to calculations made by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. OHIO AD SPENDING Ohio has now overtaken Florida as the state that has seen the most money spent on it this presidential election, according to an NBC analysis of data provided by ad-buying firm SMG Delta. A whopping $177 million has been poured into the Buckeye State in an effort to woo swing voters from Toledo and Dayton to Columbus and Cincinnati.

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