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Seating, guests, questions highlight Ohio's place at the GOP convention
Davidson says everyone wants to know how the swing state is going
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Jo Ann Davidson says plenty of Republicans want to know how things stand in Ohio.
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Ohio’s place in this year’s presidential race is being further cemented at the Republican National Convention. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa.


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Because of the threat of Hurricane Isaac, it’ll be an extra day before the any delegates actually get onto the convention floor. But when Ohio’s delegates do get their Tuesday, they’ll be front and center.

That’s much the position the Buckeye State got four years ago in St. Paul, when Ohio’s former House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson was co-chairing the convention. But Davidson said Sunday that Ohio’s place then, and now, has to do with its role as a key swing state.

“Bob Bennett and I have been down here since Wednesday and every meeting that we have been in, every person we meet any place, their first question to us is “How are we doing in Ohio?” and that is the key question. … There are a lot of states in play, this is a key state, we know that, they’re looking at us obviously to deliver  in this situation.”

Bennett is the state GOP party chairman. At this morning’s Ohio delegate breakfast, Mitt Romney’s youngest son is speaking along with the former press secretary for President George W. Bush, Ari Fleisher. Ohio’s Sen. Rob Portman, who also has a prime time speaking slot on the convention floor, will also be a guest at the breakfast.


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