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President Obama will be back in Cincinnati Wednesday for what the campaign is describing as a "grassroots event."

His opponent, Mitt Romney, was in Cincinnati Thursday; and the president's return to the Buckeye State - and particularly heavily-contested Hamilton County - are indications of how Ohio and its 18 electoral votes are crucial to both candidates.

No details have been released on the Cincinnati visit, but it will be followed later in the day by a campaign event in Akron. Obama appeared at a rally of supporters in Cleveland Thursday.

Both the Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan campaigns are holding watch parties tonight for the presidential candidates' third and final debate.

Former Bengal linebacker Anthony Munoz, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be the featured guest at a Romney-Ryan watch party at the original Montgomery Inn, 9440 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. It begns at 8 p.m.

Martin O'Malley, Maryland's Democratic governor, and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory will join local Obama supporters for a watch party at 8:30 p.m. at Cincy's on Sixth, 41 E. 6th St., downtown.

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the tight Presidential Race in Ohio, the Vice President and President coming to Dayton and tonight's debate.

President Obama leads GOP challenger Mitt Romney by five percentage points in the critical swing state of Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday morning.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has settled the hash and allowed in-person voting at Ohio boards of Elections on the final three days before the Nov. 6 election to go forward, there is only one question worth asking.


Was it worth the fight the Obama-Biden campaign put up to stop Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, from doing away with those three days?


Depends on who you ask.


If you ask the Obama-Biden campaign and its Democratic allies, the answer is an unqualified “yes.”

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is kicking off a multi-state bus tour in Finneytown Friday - a tour aimed in Ohio at touting the re-election of President Obama and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

The AFT - which represents about 1.5 million teachers nationwide - is one of the most active labor unions supporting the re-election of President Obama.

In the pantheon of campaign surrogates for the Obama-Biden campaign, few can claim more star power than former president Bill Clinton.

But, Thursday in Parma, a Cleveland suburb, the 42nd President of the United States may have met his match and then some in the "star power" category when he attends a get-out-the-vote rally at Cuyahoga Community College with rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

For decades now, Democratic candidates running in Ohio - from president to mayor - have turned to one man for help, the one man who is probably the most popular Democrat in the Buckeye State - former senator and astronaut John Glenn.

Ohio, you may make history on the night of Nov. 6.


You may elect a new president without giving him your 18 electoral votes.


Consider this rather remarkable truism of American political history:


No Republican presidential candidate – going all the way back to the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln in 1860 – has won the White House without winning Ohio.


Mitt Romney could be the first.


This is not to say he will lose Ohio; he may, in fact, win the Buckeye State.

Obama supporters will gather tonight at Molly Malone's, an Irish pub in Pleasant Ridge, to watch the 9 p.m. debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

The event begins at 8:45 p.m. at Molly Malone's at 1611 Montgomery Road.

Inside Pitch reported yesterday on local Romney watch parties. You can read about them here.

Obama supporters will gather tonight at Molly Malone's, an Irish pub in Pleasant Ridge, to watch the 9 p.m. debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

The event begins at 8:45 p.m. at Molly Malone's at 1611 Montgomery Road.

Inside Pitch reported yesterday on local Romney watch parties. You can read about them here.

One could hardly blame President Obama for doing a bit of crowing Friday when he spoke to a rain-soaked crowd of several  thousand at Cleveland State University.


He had just learned, as had the rest of the nation, that the Bureau of Labor Statistics had new numbers showing the national unemployment rate had dropped from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September – the lowest jobless rate since January 2009, the month he took office.

The campaigns of both President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney were hitting the streets of Cincinnati for some old-fashioned door-knocking and phone-banking.

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood, joined with Hamilton County GOP officials and local tea party leaders Saturday morning at the Romney Victory Center in Colerain Township to kick off a day of grassroots voter outreach.

The campaigns of both President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are holding watch parties in Cincinnati for the first of three presidential debates tonight.

The Romney supporters will gather at the campaign's Westwood Victory Center at 2300 Montana Ave., suite 420, at 6 p.m.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory will join the Obama watch party at 8 p.m. at the Organizing for America office, 5846 Hamilton Ave., College Hill.

Ok, raise your hands if you think that President Obama is 10 percentage points ahead of Republican Mitt Romney among voters in Ohio, right this very moment.


We’re willing to bet your hands are still on your keyboards.


But the CBS News/New York Times poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, that came out this week does; it showed Obama with 53 percent support to 43 percent for Romney; and, what is more, showed Obama ahead by nine percentage points in Florida and a whopping 12 percentage points in Pennsylvania.
 

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