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This year, the political battle for Ohio voters is fiercer than ever. With a tight U.S. Senate race and mere percentage points separating the candidates for President, WKSU reporters are busy covering the story behind the stories to bring you the best information and help you make educated decisions in the November elections.



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Political strategists discuss the state's political climate
Tension builds as Election Day nears

Election Day is a little over four months away, but there’s already been a lot of activity in Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with two veteran political strategists to talk about the hot political climate that’s building in Ohio this summer.
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Cleveland TV market ranks second in political advertising
Columbus' TV market ranks eighth in political TV market.

Politics has been good to Cleveland TV. Media Daily News reports that Cleveland, which has the 18th largest television market in the nation, trailed only Los Angeles in political ads for the first half of this year. Much of that spending has been directed at the Ohio senate race between incumbent Sherrod Brown and challenger Josh Mandel. It is one of the most expensive races in the country and independent groups have spent more than $10 million against Brown. He was asked about the new numbers during a conference call with reporters Wednesday.
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How far is too far in tracking candidates' private lives?
Ohio Congressman Renacci says Democrats have crossed that line

Political campaigns have used trackers to record opposing candidates for years. But one Ohio congressman says people tracking him have gone too far.  And one from the opposite end of the political spectrum says he’s right. WKSU’S M.L. Schultze has more.
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President Obama campaigned from Toledo to Cleveland Thursday on his economic records
The president told Ohioans he needs another term to fulfil his promise of a better economy

President Obama continues his two-day bus tour Thursday with stops in suburban Youngstown and western Pennsylvania. The president started the campaign swing near Toledo.  Then it was on to Sandusky for ice cream, and finally Parma, where he touted his record on the economy and jobs.  WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier was at the rally in a Parma park, and has this report.
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Workers at a Parma auto plant will be watching as President Obama visits that city today
The stamping plant is one that the federal auto bailout is credited with saving

President Obama begins a two-day campaign swing today through Northern Ohio and into Pennsylvania. The “Betting on America” bus tour will highlight his efforts to support manufacturing jobs. His first stop is near Toledo, then Sandusky, and then onto Parma, where auto manufacturing has stabilized following the president’s auto industry bailout. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier has this report on a Parma plant that’s a bailout success symbol.
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Brown praises challenge of Chinese tariffs, but calls for more
Chinese says American auto bailout amounted to a subsidy, so tariffs are justified

During his bus tour through Ohio today, President Obama is underscoring his administration’s latest suit against China before the World Trade Organization. The Chinese have imposed 3.3 billion dollars in tariffs on about 80 percent of U.S. auto exports, including the Jeep Wrangler made in Toledo.  It argues that the bailout of GM and Chrysler was a subsidy, so the tariffs are justified. But the president maintains they’re a continuation of China’s unfair trade practices.  And that argument resonates with Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat and trade critic.
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Romney surrogates slam President Obama on healthcare and the economy
Supporters get into a skirmish with protestors

As President Obama made his way across northern Ohio, challenger Mitt Romney’s camp was busy keeping his base here engaged and energized. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Bill Rice has more.
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Josh Mandel’s rapid rise in Ohio politics
The Republican U.S. Senate candidate shares his family history and life experiences and how they've prepared him for office

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Mandel is a former state senator.  He is a former state representative.

Ohio's U.S. Senate race is unexpectedly close this year even though it pits a relative upstart Republican against a popular Democratic veteran: Incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown, a '60s generation liberal with 36 years as an elected official faces Josh Mandel, a 34 year-old Republican with barely eight years elective experience. This week and next we step back to hear from the candidates on how they got to be where they are now. Bill Rice of Ohio Public Radio Station WCPN begins with this profile of Josh Mandel.
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The Ohio woman who won the health-care heart of President Obama
President cites Natoma Canfield as the symbol of the battle

A Medina woman played prominently in President Obama’s speech today celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the story of Natoma Canfield, and her place in the national health-care debate.
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Reaction from Ohio's senators say the health-care fight isn't over
Past and present senators split along part lines, and talk about what is likely next

The reaction of Ohio’s two senators to today’s Supreme Court decision indicates the battle over the health-care overhaul isn’t over in Ohio, nor in the rest of the country. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.
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Ohioans like Obama better, and other poll results
Newest Quinnipiac poll includes good news for president in three wing states

In May, an independent poll on the presidential race in Ohio showed it was too close to call. But now, those same pollsters have found a surge of support for President Barack Obama. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has the latest numbers.
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The public thinks less of both Brown and Mandel in Ohio's Senate race
New poll shows negative ads are upping the negatives for both candidates

Two new polls show Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown continues to lead challenger Josh Mandel in the Ohio Senate race.  But WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that one of those polls also shows negative ads are taking a toll on both men.
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Supporters of collective bargaining call up specter of SB 5 to back Obama
Voters who repealed the law last year don't want their efforts to be set back by Romney being elected

It’s been a year since opponents of a collective bargaining ballot law that was repealed by voters last fall paraded in downtown Columbus to hand over petitions that would put the issue on the statewide ballot. Now, some of the backers of that effort are using it to convince Ohioans to re-elect President Obama. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Gov. Kasich has not been told to spin unemployment numbers by Romney
Romney says improvements in the economy clash with his message

An article in Bloomberg says Mitt Romney’s campaign has asked Florida to downplay improvements in that state’s economy because they clash with Romney’s message that the nation is suffering under President Obama. Ohio Governor John Kasich says the campaign has not asked him to do the same.
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Hiram poll: Young voters support president, but ...
57 percent says he's met or exceeded expectations; 38 percent say he fell below, but young voters remain optimists

Young voters are patient and optimistic and, for now, still on President Obama’s side. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that’s what’s indicated on a new poll on 18- to- 29-year old voters.
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Hiram poll results on young voters and the president
Mr. Obama remains popular with younger voters, but not so much

On-going polling  of young voters shows most continue to support President Obama, but by no-where near the comfortable margin of four years ago. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.
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