Avon Lake, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney made a public foray into behind-the-scenes campaign strategy Monday in Ohio, urging his supporters to help him win the expectations game in the days before the election.
The candidate has been encouraging audiences to vote early, saying that would free them to help others get to the polls on Election Day. But in a short speech to an overflow audience in Avon Lake, Ohio, Romney peeled back the curtain and explained to voters why their early vote could help his effort.
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"It sends a very strong message, by the way," he said about voting early. "I mean, I know your vote counts just as much if it's cast on Election Day as if it's cast early. But when it's cast early, all the media follows how much early voting is going on, and they look at your zip code and where you live and make an estimate of whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, and they decide whether we're ahead or we're falling behind."
"And we're doing well right now, so early voting makes a difference," Romney continued. "It helps us, it's you know, a little extra boost when we need it, so thank you for doing it."
One element that could muddy the waters: in Ohio, voters are identified by the party for which they last cast a primary vote - so any voter who weighed in on the contested Republican primary earlier this year would now be identified as a Republican.
Romney's campaign has been highlighting increasingly tightening polls in Ohio, which they present as proof the GOP presidential nominee is benefiting from a surge in momentum in the state where Obama has long held an advantage.
Obama officials respond by touting their extensive ground game and traditional advantage in early voting.
In a memo released to reporters Monday, the Romney campaign's Ohio state director sought to cast doubt on the president's effort.
"Every day, Barack Obama's so-called Ohio firewall crumbles a little bit more because of Mitt Romney's electric appearances, our campaign's robust ground game, and Romney's forward-looking message that lays out a serious and specific agenda for the future," said Scott Jennings.
An Obama official said the rival campaign was ignoring facts on the ground in an effort to paint their campaign as on the upswing.
"In Ohio, the latest public poll shows us holding steady with a four-point lead, which reflects the strong support for the President we're seeing in early voting-despite Romney's last-minute efforts to mislead Ohioans," said National Field Director Jeremy Bird.
We are working so might have to wait until Nov. 6 to vote for you but don't worry, nothing can keep us, and all our friends, from the polls.= to vote for Romney.
Yes, we are voting early. Mr. Let Detroit go Bankrupt. Idiot.
I voted for Obama and straight democratic ticket.
Romney is a liar and his campaign loves to mislead. It just doesn't work anymore. Sorry Mitt.
Spinsters and BS-ers ... they are NOT holding steady in Ohio. Romney is up by 2 points in Ohio today and he WILL carry Ohio on the 6th of November, guaranteed.
We voted for President Obama yesterday in MD. I am a Democrat and my husband is a rino who can't stand the twit or anything about him so if they are going by those polls they are going to have a BIG surprise come November 6th.
"Every day, Barack Obama's so-called Ohio firewall crumbles a little bit more because of Mitt Romney's electric appearances
The only thing electric is all the BS and static that Romney offers and cutting taxes is hardly electric and has been done to death with no job creation coming,just deficits.Thank goodness this electric lie machine is almost done and after six straight years of flopping all over the map or morals and positions it will be great to unplug Mitt once and for all
So let me get this straight, if your zip code is like well "90210" you are likely to vote for Romney and is your zip code is "44101" you are likely to vote for Obama. That is a bunch of crap, here he goes again with the code for the other or "47 percent" not voting for him. Mitt Romney has a rotten soul!
Anyone who votes for Obama is helping kill America one vote at a time. 4 years of failed policies, 4 years of broken promises and 4 years of ineffective Governing and not being able to cross the aisle with a bipartisian effort. Obama you promised the deficit would be cut in half by your 3rd year in office or this would be a one term run. Keep your promise and drop out of the race. That is the most important promise you could ever keep
He is a sales man (technocrat) he think technically not as a potential leader who want to be the president of the greatest nation on earth. This is the true nature of Romney the people vote is a currency to him that he can use to buy the presidency. In his mind people vote because of the mere effect on media perception not based on their objective reality. Here is a news for Mitt people vote because election affect their life.
Show this nation your TEN YEARS OF TAXES. Mr. Tax-evader. Idiot.
Vote Romney & Ryan to get Liberty, and American Prosperity back! Thanks, Ohio! Romney knows what he's doing. If Obama would have followed Romney's advice in the beginning,, regarding the bankruptcy issues, it would have saved the tax payers billions of dollars. Obama eventually did go through with the managed bankruptcy, it was just very late and very costly. Romney is an economic genius with a big heart. Don't listen to the Obamedia lies! He is the real deal!!!!
Send Mitt Romney packing Ohio. Send him to the Cayman Islands.
Vote early and vote often!
phil, you sound angry. i don't know how you compare 8 yrs of bush failed policy to the president who only had 3 yrs to clean up his mess. you want the prez to clean up a humongos mess in less than four years that stupid bush did? and don't talk about bipartisian when ugly mcconnell said their number one goal was to defeat the prez and to make him a one time president.
vote ROMNEY we need sombody to run the [ with hose lol ] with Romney u cant go roung.
Are you kidding me?? So you think Romney is going to be good at the economy??? Does shipping jobs to china help the economy???
Mr. Romney I didn't need you and your lies to convince me to vote early-I did-and it certainly wasn't a vote to be wasted on the likes of you. WHAT PART OF NOT MOVING JEEP TO CHINA DO YOU NOT GET??? Are you stupid or do you just prefer lying??? Maybe you should listen to MSNBC-they could help you get your stories straight!
i think by rights obama will win but the romney team is a bit too confident....kinda like bush was....could it be his son's hands on the diebold voting machines have something to do with it????
Romney/Ryan 2012... Get the real liar Obama out of the White House.
Truth Hurts and Phil.
You guys can try to spend this election any way you want. The president only needs 3 states. He is leading in Va, Oh, Wi, Nev, Ia, Tied in Yes Nc nd Fl. 4 More 4. 44. Go Bo. So stop hating. The world loves Barack Obama.
I see an America that is respected on the world stage because our word means something again.....I can hold my head high knowing we stand on principal again,not on who has the most oil. We import less oil now because Obama has worked without help from republicans to establish a foundation for energy independence. Obama is the no BS president. How can a nation follow a leader who doesn't know what he stands for until he takes a poll from his big money contributers? That's not putting country first!!! Romney has campaigned on confusion and that is not a leadership tactic!!!
Too exteme for the us
Mitt will crumble America's image abroad. He has no heart for the middle class. Don't be brain washed . Vote forward
Romney: Vote Early. Our ground forces will handle the rest of the election fraud.
World loves him -?? really? what world are you talking about – America? that is not all World you know right????? LOL! I am a world traveler and never heard anyone praising this idiot President anywhere, In fact
America along with him is hated to the hilt abroad.