A gridiron battleground
October 26th, 2012
04:45 PM ET
10 years ago

A gridiron battleground

(CNN) - Early results are in and Mitt Romney finds himself ahead of his competition in North Canton Ohio.

The opponent in this race though – is high school football

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Not only is Romney battling President Barack Obama in a tightly contested presidential race, Friday, in Ohio, Romney finds himself competing against one of the most beloved teams in town: the North Canton Hoover football Vikings.

When the Romney campaign bus pulls into North Canton Hoover High School Friday for a 7 p.m. ET campaign rally, the football team, fans, and general school population will be on the road for match-up against their cross-town rival the Jackson Township Polar Bears.

A win for the Vikings means a shot at the playoffs. And with local media headlines reading "Hoover headed in the right direction" and "Jackson looking for revenge against Hoover" the message is clear – this is a big game.

With Romney in a big game himself, does the lure of the high school football game mean the possibility that the Republican nominee will greet a small turnout?

Not so, says Morgan Day, a local editor for northcantonpatch.com. Day, took the dilemma to the people–and Friday morning asked readers to vote in an unscientific, informal online poll:

"Where will you spend your Friday night?"

According to Day, so far, Romney is the victor.

"We started the poll to see if people would bite and to see what the Friday night was shaping up like. Early results from Patch readers have most going to the rally instead of the high school football game."

In this part of Ohio, that's no small victory. There's a real football history in Canton, Ohio. It's the birthplace of professional football; it's home to the National Football League's Pro Football Hall of Fame; and each year the city of Canton hosts the Ohio High School Athletic Association State football championship games.

At the same time, this same part of the state has a rich political history. Before becoming president, William McKinley practiced law in Canton. Today, the town houses the William McKinley National Memorial and McKinley Presidential Library and Museum.

Day says people are excited to see the politicians in their home town, but there are families who would never miss a high school football game, especially one where a playoff berth is at stake. "I think this puts some in a real pickle," she says

Still, Day says residents want to see the politicians "in the flesh" and don't want to pass it up. She says this is the second big campaign event in North Canton. Paul Ryan was at Walsh University in North Canton in August. From Day's perspective, "people are really feeling honored having the Romney/Ryan ticket in town"

Day herself says she is going to Romney event but understands the excitement being generated elsewhere.

"It's going to be a pretty exciting game," she says

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. myviewis

    It is ridiculous that people would think that a football game is more important than chosing the next president of our country, be it Romney or Obama. Both candidates deserve our full attention, we are talking about the future of our lives, our country.

    October 26, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Early Voter for Obama

    I dont believe nothing Romney said he a big liar.
    People are coeming out strong for Obama/Biden.
    Ohio is for Obama/Biden

    October 26, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    As Paul Krugman points out in his editorial today, Mittens' economic โ€œplanโ€ is a sham. Long on stuff he claims will happen, with no description or specifics on HOW they will happen – including no list on which tax loopholes he would cut to offset his $5 trillion in tax cuts.

    (BTW, why bother to cut taxes if they are going to be offset? Isn't that "revenue neutral"? What's the point, other than to keep a bunch of accountants busy figuring out the new tax code?)

    Mittens is a fake. His economic plan relies on magic, somehow inspiring business confidence simply because he was a successful private equity guy. Actually, he wasn't that awesome at that: While Mittens ran Bain Capital, it invested in 77 businesses, 22% of which filed for bankruptcy or closed within 8 years – and Bain lost all money invested in 8% of them. Compare that to the 8% bankruptcy rate of the $90 billion the US government invested in green energy companies like Solyndra.

    Long story short, don't be suckered once again by the promise of cutting taxes on the wealthy, while spending more on defense. It's voodoo economics, trickle-down, denounced as a failure by everyone, including David Stockman who came up with it in the first place under Reagan.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 26, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. sassysticks53

    There are people who always acuse african-americans of voting for Obama because he is black. Here's my question to those people: How many of you are voting for Mitt Romney because he's white? Don't all answer at once!

    October 26, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. CRP

    CAn we find a more important news story. Do we really need to know about this?

    October 26, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    repubs need to brace themselves for the harsh reality that Romney is going to lose!

    October 26, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney's campaign is a complete duplicate of all GWB's people and the others like Sununu and Gingrich serve absolutely no purpose than just a reminder of how angry old white men look and in their attempt to hurt Obama they continue to hurt Romney.

    October 26, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I keep seeing signs regarding " the Romney plan", but 11 months into this campaign I am still waiting for details on any of his plans. It appears the details of his plans are as secretive as his tax records.

    October 26, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. DENNA

    I would rather vote for Satan than Romney/Ryan. They don't care about America, they're only trying to get one of those jobs that the government "doesn't create". It seems to me that they have created quite a few high paying jobs – senators, congressment and the president-vice president spots.

    October 26, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. A Millionaire Victim With the Same Old Routine We Saw In Massachusetts

    Massachusetts has seen this guy in action, and let me tell you we know that Mitt Romney has a pattern. He goes on the attack, like debates 1 and 2 where he was in attack dog mode and going for the jugular and even trying to tell the moderator how to run the debate and telling the President of the United States what to do like he was in charge of the room. Then, and here is the patten, he starts to lay back and start portraying himself as a victim, like in debate number 3 where he sits there trying to look presidential and blaming the President of the United States for attacking him. Now he's in his Romney victim routine mode where he's trying to get the sympathy vote by accusing his opponent of attacking him. Yeah, the guy that went for the jugular in rounds 1 and 2 now plays the helpless victim being beat up by the big bad other guy.

    He thinks America is dumb enough to fall for this routine like Massachusetts did, I guess, because it's the same old routine, people. I've seen it. We fell for it.

    Did you get reeled in by this routine? That's unfortunate for all of us.

    Please realize people that this is just the tactic of a milliionaire salesman who has this victim routine down cold. He did it before in Massachusetts, and we paid the steep price. Do you see him ahead here in the polls of his home state? If he was that good of a governor, wouldn't the polls in his home state reflect that fact? Of course, they would.

    Don't be fooled by the whiney Mitt Romney victim routine. He's a millionaire and he needs your vote so he can fatten his stash of cash that is conveniently located overseas in order to avoid paying taxes to the country that he claims that he loves so much and wants to help so much. He's a liar, and you're his ticket to more milions leaving our country.

    Time's running out. You need to catch up and realize you're being played. Millionaires playing victims–what a cruel joke. He's getting millions and millions from his millionare donor and running around the country now and begging for you to realize he's the victim of President Obama's attacks. Seriously. Refer to debate 1 and 2. Romney is not a victim; he's just playing one now and hoping you're dumb enough to fall for it.

    Romney thinks America is just so full of "gosh darn" stupid people, this victim routine just might work again.

    Are you as stupid as Mitt thinks you are, or have you caught on to him yet?

    October 26, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. gt

    obama has done to america what richard hatcher did to Gary Indiana....

    October 26, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. DENNA

    I understand that Ryan is also running for his seat in WIsconsin in addition to the vice presidency. I guess he doesn't want to give up that good government job – you know – the one government doesn't create. I actually won't mind seeing these two win just to see the suckers who voted for them suffer under their policies, but I live here too and don't think I should be punished with the GOP enablers. I voted to reelect our president Barack Obama.


    October 26, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Mitt Romney plan to crumble this nation, ship jobs to CHINA. Idiot. Yes, on obama12.

    October 26, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. DENNA

    @ Former Republican, now an Independent – I keep seeing signs regarding " the Romney plan", but 11 months into this campaign I am still waiting for details on any of his plans. It appears the details of his plans are as secretive as his tax records.
    The details of the plan is to get elected without telling us anything. If he gets in, you'll see his real plan alright. I have he terrible feeling that the 1% will be the only happy ones in this country. The 99% will be screwed. ๐Ÿ™

    October 26, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. bria

    In every state where early voting has started Obama is up and I mean like really up by 15-20 points. I think those are the real numbers and they know it as well that is why Rick Santorum and Sean Hannity and the likes are already trying to say they are cheating with the early voting results. I think that will be their course of action if Mitt Romney looses bad. That is why they are putting out all of these fake polls. Americans are not crazy and they will find out in 12 days.

    October 26, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Paulcat

    I just can not understand the American people. History was made four years ago and they just can't handle it.
    Romney is one BIG sham. If he win this election, may God have mercy on the middle class. And you would deserve it.
    They are even afriad to go on FOX TV now. Just remember, you get what you vote for.

    October 26, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. DENNA

    Paulcat: – John Sununu only told half the story. Whites will vote for Romney because he is white. They feel he will do a better job because he is white. Well, Bush was white too. How did that work out for ya? The Republican party is riddled with people who still resent the Democrats for backing the civil rights movement and the voting rights act. Geez-O-Pete, get over it already.

    October 26, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Jen

    Come on OHIO!!! Who saved the auto industry, Obama did. Who wanted to let it go down the dumps, Romney did. If it wasn't for obama, you would be unemployed. Remember that when your voting.

    October 26, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    The good people of Canton not only get a chance to help elect Mitt Romney to the White House, they get to see him in person.

    October 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. chilly g

    the president will win every states he won four years ago except maybe two, north carolina and some other states but
    he may just win every states he won in 2008 but how ever it come out the president will win.

    October 26, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    The subject of women and rape and abortion and the twit who wanst the crazy right to know he is still with murdouck even though he doesn't believe in what that mutant spewed forth this week, and akin and the lyan altar boy.
    The man who is thankfully behind the sign (plate faced boy toy) but we still have to see his ill fitting clothes and akin wrote a house bill declaring that women who want to have a baby through in vitro vertilization can't but women who are rape have to keep their attacker's baby. That makes as much sense as our the salad crap these two have been fli flopping on while campaining.
    I see believe in America has been replaced by a stronger middle class? Those who make $250,000 are considered middle class by the twit. How many Americans make that much money?

    October 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Obummer

    "Early voter for Obama".....and with grammar like that it's no wonder. Stay in school

    October 26, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. DENNA

    @ Four and The Door

    The good people of Canton not only get a chance to help elect Mitt Romney to the White House, they get to see him in person.
    The GOOD people of Canton have already early-voted for President Obama and have no interest in this conman.

    October 26, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. PJ

    Personally, anything, especially a football game, would be better than Romney.
    I just read that John McCain is blaming Colin Powell for getting us into Iraq. How disgusting. It is right up there
    with Sununu's comments, two mean and cranky old men trying to hang on. I'm disappointed in McCain, but
    this is typical Sununu, and Romney likes him.
    But, this is what the Repub/Teas do now. You had better get in line or we will try to destroy you.
    I am so scared this person will be elected. The people he surrounds himself with are bullies and Romney is
    obviously clueless. His pinocchio nose will be convenient for the neo-cons/Teas to pull him around if he
    is elected.
    I believe you "A MILLIONAIRE VICTIM.....IN MASSACHUSETTS". I hope others are listening.

    October 26, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |