November 5th, 2012
09:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Ohio secretary of state defends election decisions

Washington (CNN) - As the eyes of the nation look at Ohio, the state's chief elections official is defending some of his decisions, which have been met with criticism. One of the moves Jon Husted made was to send all 7 million registered voters in the state an application for an absentee ballot instead of waiting for those who wanted one to ask.

The letter sent on August 31 said, "Most voters will choose to cast their ballots in the way Ohioans have done it for more than 200 years – visiting their local polling place on Election Day. As a registered voter, you also have the opportunity to vote through the mail from the privacy of your own home."

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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio
November 5th, 2012
07:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Electoral math: Tight race to 270

(CNN) – CNN's John King breaks down what the candidates need to reach 270 electoral votes focusing on battleground Ohio.


Filed under: 2012 • Ohio
Long lines for early voting before Tuesday's election
November 5th, 2012
04:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Long lines for early voting before Tuesday's election

(CNN) - A day before Tuesday's election, millions of people in key states have already cast absentee or early ballots despite long lines, legal disputes over poll procedures and damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy.

In Ohio, which may be the decisive battleground state, the deadline for early voting passed Monday afternoon. By Friday, more than 1.6 million of Ohio's 7.9 million registered voters had cast ballots, either in person or by mail, said Matt McClellan, a spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. About 200,000 of the 1.3 million absentee ballots that had been distributed were still out, he said.

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Romney to campaign Tuesday in two key states
November 5th, 2012
02:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to campaign Tuesday in two key states

Fairfax, Virginia (CNN) – Mitt Romney will campaign in Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Election Day, campaign officials said Monday.

While Ohio is considered perhaps the most crucial battleground this cycle, Pennsylvania tends to lean Democratic. Recent polls, however, have indicated the race is tightening in the state, sparking renewed efforts by the Romney campaign to make a play for the state.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Pennsylvania
CNN Poll of Polls: Ohio a close contest on eve of election
November 5th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Ohio a close contest on eve of election

(CNN) – A new CNN Poll of Polls on Monday indicates the race in Ohio–perhaps the most decisive battleground this presidential cycle–is locked in a statistical dead heat.

The poll shows President Barack Obama at 50% and Mitt Romney at 47% in Ohio, one day before the election. Those numbers are an average of three Ohio polls of likely voters conducted in the last week: Ohio Poll/University of Cincinnati (Oct. 31-Nov. 4); CNN/ORC International (Oct. 30-Nov. 1) and NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist (Oct. 31-Nov.1). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Polls • President Obama
Paul Ryan focuses on auto, defense cuts in Ohio
November 4th, 2012
05:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul Ryan focuses on auto, defense cuts in Ohio

Mansfield, Ohio (CNN) - Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan focused on shuttered auto plants and defense cuts at a campaign rally in north central Ohio on Sunday.

The Republican presidential ticket has struggled to overcome President Barack Obama's edge in the crucial battleground state perhaps in part because of Mitt Romney's opposition in 2008 to a federal auto bailout of the U.S. auto industry.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • Paul Ryan
November 4th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
2 years ago

FIRST ON CNN: Boehner says Romney will win Ohio, despite auto bailout issue

Wadsworth, Ohio (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday said he was "very confident" that Mitt Romney will win his home state of Ohio on Tuesday, but acknowledged that the auto bailout has helped the president with some voters here.

"Romney is doing well in Ohio. You know, polls don't decide elections, voters do," the speaker said, though he later added "the auto bailout may help the president in Ohio a little."

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Filed under: John Boehner • Mitt Romney • Ohio
November 4th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden gives 17-year-old exclusive ride

Cleveland (CNN) - She and Joe Biden may now be BFFs.

A 17-year-old high schooler and the Vice President of the United States could end up being "best friends forever" after Biden surprised the young lady with the ultimate offer – and the pictures to prove it.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Ohio
Portman stands by Romney auto ads
November 4th, 2012
11:28 AM ET
2 years ago

Portman stands by Romney auto ads

(CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on Sunday defended Mitt Romney's ad campaign attacking President Barack Obama over plans for GM and Chrysler to expand production overseas.

"The fact is that we now make Jeeps here in Toledo, Ohio, that we're proud to send to China, to Asia; we export about 25 percent of what we make here, and so if they're going to start production facilities overseas, obviously we're going to lose some of our exports here," Portman said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Ohio • Rob Portman
Over 1 million early votes cast so far in Ohio
November 3rd, 2012
07:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Over 1 million early votes cast so far in Ohio

(CNN) - Just days away from Election Day, a significant number of Ohioans have already cast ballots, a state official said Saturday.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said 1.6 million people in the critical swing state have cast ballots through Friday, when four days remained in the race.
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