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Year In Review: Presidential Race Spotlights Ohio’s Diverse Electorate

Throughout 2012, Ohio was the focus of presidential candidates as they sought to win the White House.
December 28, 2012

For the fourth installment of our look back at state government in 2012, Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen takes a look at how presidential candidates criss-crossed the state in search of votes.

Electoral College Gathers To Finalize Election

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Canton mayor William Healy and southwest Ohio elector Cathina Hourani signed certificates of their votes for president and vice president in a ceremony Monday.
18, 2012

Ohio’s 18 electors gathered at the Statehouse Monday to cast their official votes for president and vice president.

Presidential Candidates Make Final Case In Columbus

President Obama hosts a 4 p.m. event at Nationwide Arena, while Mitt Romney has an evening rally at Port Columbus.
November 5, 2012

President Obama hosts an afternoon rally inside Nationwide Arena alongside musicians Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen, while Mitt Romney has an evening rally at a business near Port Columbus.

President Touts Jobs In Hilliard

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President Obama energizes supporters at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard. The president was scheduled to make three stops in Ohio Friday. He is set to return to the state on Monday.
2, 2012

President Barack Obama covered a lot of political ground at a rally in Hilliard. And just days before the election, the president was able to energize a crowd of 2,800 people by telling them why they can trust him for four more years.

Second Auto Company Denounces Romney Ad

Executives at Jeep/Chrysler and GM have tried to clarify information they called misleading in Mitt Romney ads airing in Ohio.
1, 2012

First it was Jeep/Chrysler saying a Mitt Romney ad airing in Ohio was misleading. Now General Motors is criticizing an ad they say misleads voters into thinking GM is moving jobs overseas.

Obama Coming To Central Ohio; Romney Hosting Rally In Cincinnati

President Obama and Mitt Romney will be back in Ohio on the Friday before the election trying to sway voters in the key battleground state.
October 31, 2012

President Barack Obama is resuming his storm-delayed chase to win Ohio with help from former President Bill Clinton, while Republicans are putting together a huge rally for Friday evening.

Controversy Continues Over Romney Jeep Comment In NW Ohio

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters in Worthington a day after making the controversial comment about Jeep at a Defiance, Ohio rally.
31, 2012

The Republican presidential candidate’s campaign is defending the comment about Jeep moving production to China, despite the Chrysler CEO restating that Jeep has no plans to move Toledo auto jobs overseas.

Poll: Obama Hanging Onto Five Point Lead In Ohio

The poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University gives the president a 50 percent to 45 percent lead over Republican Mitt Romney.
October 31, 2012

The latest independent poll in the presidential race in Ohio says President Obama continues to hold on to a five point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Romney Turns Ohio Campaign Rally Into Storm Relief

A Romney spokeswoman said the event will be "a disaster relief event where Gov. Romney may make brief remarks." Another Romney event in Lima Tuesday has been canceled.
30, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is going ahead with a planned stop in the Dayton area, but the focus will be on helping victims of storms that swept through Ohio late Monday and early Tuesday.

Ohio Communities Struggling To Pay For Campaign Rallies

It's been an expensive campaign season for the candidates and communities hosting rallies.
29, 2012

Ohio has seen what seems like a never-ending stream of campaign visits. Just last week, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were together in Dayton, Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan rallied in North Canton, and all four candidates stumped separately throughout the state. Communities say the costs of protecting those candidates are adding up.