As Michigan votes, Buckeye battle looms
February 28th, 2012
12:45 PM ET
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As Michigan votes, Buckeye battle looms

(CNN) – As voters go to the polls in Michigan, the candidates and campaigns are already focused on Ohio which is shaping up to be the next major battleground as it votes in a week on March 6th as part of Super Tuesday.

Rick Santorum is making a quick detour Tuesday from his campaigning in Michigan for an afternoon rally in Perrysburg, Ohio. And the conservative Susan B. Anthony List will sponsor an Ohio leg of their bus tour supporting Santorum. On Wednesday, Mitt Romney's first stop after will be a rally in Toledo, Ohio, followed by a town hall in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

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Since Ohio is the next Midwestern state up for grabs, analysts said it will be key for each candidate.

"If Santorum can demonstrate a Midwestern weakness for Romney, then he could get an influx of resources and this could drag out much longer. Ohio is all about general election electability whereas Michigan is likely to be Obama country in the general (at least as of right now)," Ford O'Connell, a Republican political consultant, said.

Meanwhile, the ad wars in the state are intensifying. Beginning Wednesday Romney has bought almost $700,000 in additional ad time in the state, according to a GOP consultant familiar with the buy. Through Tuesday it has bought just under $550,000 in the state, according to this consultant.

Romney is getting a major boost from the super PAC supporting him, Restore Our Future. Through the primary it has purchased $1.85 million in television and radio commercials. The pro Santorum super PAC, the Red, White and Blue Fund, started airing ads in the state last week and has bought $257,000 worth of time through Wednesday.

Santorum's campaign said it is running ads on cable in the state.

Because of a fresh infusion of cash, the super PAC backing Newt Gingrich, Winning Our Future, started airing ads Tuesday in several states, including Ohio.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Quick...someone make sure that little girl in the photo isn't also trying to cast a ballot!!!! VOTER FRAUD VOTER FRAUD...IT'S EVERWHERE!!!!! Booga booga booga!!!!! Be afraid and angry!!!!

    February 28, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Is it me or did the old guy behind the divider die mid-vote? OH HOES!!!! What do we do!!!????!!!!

    February 28, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Is it me or did the old guy behind the divider die mid-vote? OH NOES!!!! What do we do!!!????!!!!

    February 28, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    You can delete the one with the mispelled word in it CNN...seriously...are your moderators so daft that they don't recognize when someone posted a second time to correct their own spelling (especially when it came out a mildly offensive alternative word)?

    February 28, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. anagram_kid

    I wonder what new 'fact' about President Obama Sen. Santorum will share today. Maybe that the president wants everyone to go to college to learn how to become snobby gay socialist fascist Muslim communists that still insist on using contraception.
    Obama 2012

    February 28, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. ChriSevan

    I live in Ohio and I seen plenty of Santorums worthless campaign ads.

    February 28, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. anagram_kid

    I am pretty sure the little girl in the photo is being indoctrinated on how to read and vote. Don’t worry President/Pope/Second Coming Santorum will correct all of that on day one!
    Obama 2012

    February 28, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    Romney – Not the one! Reminds me of a shell gamer waiting for the cruiseship to dock.

    February 28, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I say run some ads reminding Ohio voters where Republicans stand on unions. Be sure too include that quote from their governer last fall when the voters of Ohio won their ballot initiative against their governer's anti-union legislation. He said, and I quote, "It was too soon." In other words, given the opportunity Republicans would do it all over it again until it passed.

    February 28, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Haha...I'm going togo with "yes, they are so daft that they posted me calling them daft"....this is fun.

    February 28, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Bev

    romney will win ohio we are too smart for santorum

    February 28, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Dave

    All the overseas, yes OVERSEAS mormon superpack money in the world wont elect this PHONY!!!!

    February 28, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "In other words, given the opportunity Republicans would do it all over it again until it passed."

    Actually, that pretty much sums up the conservative mindset/psychology: keep doing it over and over and over again unti magically there's a different result. Best example going is "cut taxes again for the insanely'll work this time, we promise."

    February 28, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Another lie. Chrysler was BOUGHT by a foreign car company and survives today.
    Chrysler was *bought* nearly *after* they had downsized, *after* they restructured, *after* the Obama funded their bankruptcy interregnum so that they could emerge as a solvent and viable company. BTW, you forget......

    .... Chrysler had tried to sell, at the direction of the Obama administration, but their were no takers. The same is more or less true for GM. They were both ordered to sell off bits, pieces or all of themselves before they could get federal funds to finance their bankruptcies.

    February 28, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    GM in particular is a huge win for government and this admin in particular. The government doesn't always get it right but in the case of GM it did. The government saved thousands of jobs, kept the company afloat, and took it back public in a successful IPO. Obama 2012!

    February 28, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Matthew

    Got our vote Santorum. Thanks for your hard work

    February 28, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |