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Buckeye state, more like bellwether state

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US President Barack Obama greets supporters at Toledo Express Airport in Bowling Green, Ohio. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Nationally Mitt Romney is seeing quite a bump in the polls from the first Presidential debate last week. Both the Rasmussen poll and the Gallup poll show the presidential race in a dead heat. But as we enter the last month of the race, how are the purple states, or the states that are up for grabs looking?

Of all of the swing states, Ohio has the largest pot, 18 electoral votes. President Obama has made five trips to the Ohio State University campus in the past two years. Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s three trips to Ohio in the last two weeks prove just how important the Buckeye state is in this election.

A CBS News survey suggests that the voter hot button issues include the economy, health care, budget deficit, and taxes. Ohio has traditionally been a bellwether: The last president elected without winning Ohio was Democrat John F. Kennedy in 1960, and no GOP candidate has ever won the White House without winning Ohio.


Henry Gomez, politics writer, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

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