Obama heading back to Ohio
July 12th, 2012
02:59 PM ET
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Obama heading back to Ohio

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will head back to the battleground state of Ohio next week.

The Obama re-election campaign announced Thursday that the president will hold a campaign event in Cincinnati on Monday.

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The stop in the Buckeye state will be the president's eighth trip there this year. Obama held his first official campaign rally of his re-election bid in Columbus in early May and last week he spent two days on a campaign bus tour through the northern part of the state.

Ohio's a battleground or swing state, which will be heavily contested by both major parties in the presidential election. The most recent poll in the state, conducted late last month by Quinnipiac University, indicated the president with a 47%-38% lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. In the 2008 election, Obama won the state by five points over Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee.

Romney was last in Ohio on June 21.

Since April 10, the Obama campaign has spent nearly $10 million to run ads on broadcast TV in Ohio. And the Romney campaign has shelled out more than $3.7 million. When you add in money spent by independent organizations, including advocacy groups and so-called super PACs, there has been more than $22 million in ad buys in Ohio.

The figures come from data provided to their clients by Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending on broadcast TV and national cable. The data covers the period from April 10 through May 24. April 10 is the day former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his presidential campaign. Santorum was Romney's main rival for the Republican presidential nomination, and when he left the race, the former Massachusetts governor became the presumptive GOP nominee.

Since April 10, the Obama campaign has spent nearly $10 million to run ads on broadcast TV in Ohio. And the Romney campaign has shelled out more than $3.7 million. When you add in money spent by independent organizations, including advocacy groups and so-called super PACs, there has been more than $22 million in ad buys in Ohio.

The figures come from data provided to their clients by Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending on broadcast TV and national cable. The data covers the period from April 10 through May 24. April 10 is the day former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his presidential campaign. Santorum was Romney's main rival for the Republican presidential nomination, and when he left the race, the former Massachusetts governor became the presumptive GOP nominee.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Go get them President Obama, the majority of Americans are with you

    July 12, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    So he has the Latino vote and now he needs to make sure he has Ohio's electoral college and that will give him the win. I guess Ohio electoral college wants a rockie and not Romney who has proven that he knows how to create jobs, knows about economic growth. I guess 4 more years of economic disaster and unemployment will just keep on waiting for someone to come along and get us out of this chaos. Oh well. people will just have to keep borrowing money from whomever and pitch a tent somewhere with their kids and hope for government help.

    July 12, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    MaryM

    Go get them President Obama, the majority of Americans are with you
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    Show me one poll... just one.... where he comes in over 50% and then you can make that statement. Here's a clue... there isn't a single one.

    July 12, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Lemone

    Fair is Fair

    As long as he is ahead...it doesn't matter...it only takes 1 to win

    July 12, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    I am voting for obama12. Enough????

    July 12, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Out Of Touch with reality

    keep laughing lieing obama, we will get you in November, but know your time is near

    July 12, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    CNN poll and other poll says Obama I double digit lead. Any one that backs up Bain Capital that shipped jobs got to be a fool. Yes, on obama12.

    July 12, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. demwit

    Obama pulled 51% of the vote in 2008 but has yet to surpass 47% in 2012.
    The black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly and Ohio the night of the 2008 election. Guess Obama needs more help this time..

    July 12, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Investment Advisor

    Perhaps Obama should run for governor in Ohio? One can only dream.

    July 12, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    President Barack Obama will head back to the battleground state of Ohio next week.
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    Let me guess. He's not going to gloat about all the prosperity his administration has brought the Midwest middle class. Because it hasn't.

    July 12, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Name willardbullock

    Obama suggest possible felony

    July 12, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Name willardbullock

    Ohio would kick out of presdient obama

    July 12, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You right wingnuts do realize that Obamacare is 4 times more popular than congressional republicans?

    July 12, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The rust belt is showing positive jobs numbers because the president saved the auto industry.

    July 12, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bullock – If lying was a felony, there would be no republicans left to run for office.

    July 12, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Show me one poll... just one.... where he comes in over 50% and then you can make that statement. Here's a clue... there isn't a single one."

    Patience, grasshopper. Pew Research Center's poll through July 9th just ame out today with Obama at 50 and Mittens at 43. Obama will be above 50 soon enough.

    July 12, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bernie Maddoff was an investment advisor. No one was stuffing the ballot in Pennsylvania and Ohio in 2008. That phony charge does fire up the mental midgets who watch Fox foreign owned media, though.

    July 12, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |